Night is Elie Wiesel’s autobiographical account of life at the Auschwitz II-Birkenau, Buna and Buchenwald concentration camps. Reading about the cruelty inflicted upon the Jews is heart-breaking, but Night also celebrates the human desire to survive.
When the story opens in 1941, Elie is the twelve-year-old son of influential merchants who spends his time studying both the Talmud and Kabbalah. When the Nazis remove all foreign Jews from his small Transylvanian town, life quickly returns to normal. They return, however, in the spring of 1944 and Elie and his family are sent to the camps. They spend each day trying to survive, which is an overwhelming task, considering the abusive foremen and guards, starvation, overwork and disease.
Though the subject matter is depressing, it’s important to remember this genocide so another won’t be permitted. Appropriately, Night is on Amazon’s list of 100 books to read, and I highly recommend it. Thirty-six more books to go! (Though it may seem that I skipped one, I read another book on the list, but sadly can’t recommend it).