Mar 06

NIGHT

Elie Wiesel writer and spokesman on Holocaust ...

Elie Wiesel writer and spokesman on Holocaust issues addresses the US Congress (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s word is night, and for night I recommend the masterpiece by Elie Wiesel.

 

Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie‘s wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author’s original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man’s capacity for inhumanity to man.

Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.

Night

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    • Frank M. D'Ambrosio on March 6, 2013 at 11:41 pm
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    I have read 2 other books by Elie Wiesel, but not “Night.” All of his books focus largely on that most horrible period of human history-World War II and the Nazi concentration camps! When I read the other books (I believe “Souls on Fire” was one of them; but I can’t remember the title of the other one), I could literally vividly imagine the brutality of life in those camps! What I cannot imagine is how the Prime Minister of Iraq (I know his name, but not how to spell it properly) could say the Holocaust was a “myth,” that it never happened. Perhaps that person should visit the Holocaust Museum sometime, or speak with a survivor of those death camps! My earnest prayer is that no power ever sinks to those depths of depravity again. I am not so naive as to believe cruelty does not exist in the world; but those death camps rivaled the Roman Empire’s crucifixions and feeding people to wild beasts for the amusement of its citizens and as punishment for crimes of whatever nature!

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