Thursday, July 24, 2008

Night by Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel describes the harrowing year he spent in a series of concentration camps during WWII after he and his family were "relocated." The men and women were separated upon arrival at the first camp and Elie never saw his mother and sister again.

He and his father managed to stay together in the camps and were a comfort to each other amidst the horrors of camp life. While I have read other reviews that wished for more detail, I think that the spare style captures the terror and unreality of his experiences. Anyone with even a bit of background knowledge about WWII will be able to feel the author's pain.

The author finds himself questioning the wisdom of worshipping a god who would allow such atrocities to occur, and is staggered by the unfathomable evil of the Nazi's "final solution."

The ending is heart-breaking and the author gives us no easy answers. At the end of the book, he is shattered by his losses and tormented by his memories, but he survives. And he shares his story so that we will not forget.

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