Night is an unmistakably autobiographical account of the author's own gruesome experiences in Nazi Germany's death camps. Told through the eyes of 14-year-old Eliezer, the tragic fate of the Jews from the little town of Sighet unfolds with a heart-wrenching inevitability. Even as they are stuffed into cattle cars bound for Auschwitz, the townspeople refuse to believe rumors of anti-Semitic atrocities. Not until they are marched toward the blazing crematory at the camp's "reception center" does the terrible truth sink in.
Recounting the evils at Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Wiesel's enduring classic of Holocaust literature raises questions of continuing significance for all future generations: How could man commit these horrors, and could such an evil ever be repeated?
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©1972, 1985 Elie Wiesel
Originally published in 1958 by Les Editions de Minuit
Translation ©2006 by Marion Wiesel
Preface to the New Translation ©2006 Elie Wiesel
(P)2006 Recorded Books LLC
"[A] slim volume of terrifying power." (The New York Times)
He's been there!
A Day in the Life of Ivan Dennisovitch -- a look into the darker parts of men's souls.
No -- But I would listen again.
The whole book -- I was absolutely glued. It's not for the faint at heart, though.
If you are into WWII history, history of crime/punishment, or holocaust/gulag history, this should be in your collection.
A great combination of Elie Wiesel's story and George Guidall's performance makes this a masterful listen. I could have said wonderful but that is probably not the proper word considering the subject. However, the story--autobiography--Elie writes is so realistic and detailed it draws an exceptional picture of this period of horror and terror.
George Guidell is at his best...
"There is so much suffering crying out for our attention. Victims of hunger, racism and political persecution..." Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Award Speech
It is never easy to read books like this one. Full of heartbreak and suffering. But it is always important to hear the voice of those who stayed quiet and suffered as to it not be in vain.
I keep thinking back and ask myself how this could have happened? And then I look at the news and realize things like these are still happening in the world. We hear of the wars in the world, the devastation of the people going to through this and the refugees gained by other countries because humanity has been obligated to leave their own country because of them. The racism and the reverse racism that plagues the US at the moment.
The hunger of the Venezuelan people, the war against drugs and corruption in Mexico. It is only a small part of the suffering that many go through on a daily basis.
How do we keep letting this happen? What happened to our humanity?
In the words of Elie Weisel "It only takes one person with integrity to make a difference"
Then it is up to us to stand up and make a difference, bring our humanity back!
I love books, I never thought I'd enjoy audible so much. There a few that didn't do it for me, when the narrator is good, it make it real!
Elie Wiesel's account of the horrors of his captivity was gripping and painful to hear. I'd just finished when I heard he'd passed away. I cried as if I knew him.
His listening to his father calling him in the night and his not answering.
Pain, sorrow, fear and crushing regret. It was a visceral reading.
I didn't want to...but I was unable to stop.
This period in our history still leaves me weak. Every story worse than the last. I had the distinct honor to have interviewed Esther Hautzig [The Endless Steppe] before she died. We talked for hours over tea and plum cake. She was a remarkably genteel woman. It was one of the most profound interviews of my career.
I'm just an old southern boy that has always loved to listen to a good story. At Audible I've been lucky to find and enjoy a few.
It was Wiesel's death that put this book on my radar. My heart ached at the end of his story of his life, no existence in the concentration camps. I finally have a glimpse at the meaning of concentration. But then there were other entries from Elie himself and others that gave the magnitude of this story that we must forever tell. Will I read any of his other books? Eliezer himself said it is the one story all the others are based. This is the best historical account I think I have ever read. So from that I'll remember to put Dawn and Day on my to read list.
essential reading for everyone, starting with all students in school and also by every adult. as powerful now as ever. even more powerful listening to the narration
Although we, humanity, want to believe that the kind of atrocities, so brilliantly described in this book, are part of our past and will stay there forever, life has shown us that if we dare to forget these horrible events, we'll be doomed to live them again. Elie's description is impeccable, his narrative is superb and as a reader one can even try to understand what he lived at that time. I wish this book could be an obligatory reading for everyone interested by its historical perspective, but moreover by the hope of a better humankind.
YES, the narrator was superb
It was not a story to be "liked"
no favorite scenes either
It reminded me that hate and evil can rule humanity. Power is dangerous, placed in the wrong hands. We are on the fringe of losing our own democracy in the United States today. In this time of economic loss and civil unrest ... the next president could ? follow a path similar to that of Adolf Hitler.
"Haunting, deeply moving and disturbing"
Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, Israeli author and 1986 Nobel Peace Prizewinner, presents to us a compelling, haunting and disturbing story.
Beautifully written, autobiographical, this personal narrative reflects the views of a 14 year-old boy torn from his home and community in Transylvania in the Second World War. He is traumatised by his separation from his mother and little sister, witnessing their subsequent consumption by Nazi fires and vengeance. Through one traumatising experience to the next, he manages, by a sinew at times, to retain his link with his father, surviving Auschwitz and Buchenwald... separated in the end by death and shame.
We follow the story of a Jewish community which could not contemplate the atrocities they would experience. They could not imagine the way in which the communities in which they were integrated would allow them to be expelled to concentration camps and annihilation. They could not foresee what it would be like to be marched out of their homes. "The town seemed deserted, but behind the shutters, our friends of yesterday were probably waiting for the moment when they could loot our homes".
They could not foresee the railway trucks full of Jews, the impact of scarcity and hunger and uncertainty on people's relationships. They could not have planned for the few hours they were given before they were expelled from their homes, burying valuable possessions under the floor-boards hoping one day, but never able, to reclaim their possessions. They could not imagine the cruelty, the violence, the humilation, the selection processes, the death factories, the fires, the trains, the labour camps, the public hangings, the beatings and the torture.
Elie wanders why and whether this is allowed to happen in the 20th century. He imagines the scenes of expulsions in the Inquisition, but not now when the whole world knew what was happening. And yet, the silence, the denials, and the lack of response prevailed.
"The ghetto was ruled by neither German nor Jew" he writes. "It was ruled ... by delusion".
Elie loses his trust in God and refuses to accept the existence of an all-knowing and all-good god who allows such barbarity to persist. We see stories of trust and reliability, love and warmth, tenderness and sacrifice. Wiesel writes beautifully and at times sparsely: "The synagogue resembled a railway station ... baggage and tears".
The recording contains additional material - Elie Wiesel's impressive Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech; his revised preface and discussion of why he wrote this book; and a valuable review of the book and its importance by Francois Mauriac, the French author who first encouraged Elie Wiesel to publish and assisted him after many failures, in getting into press.
The book is beautifully written, translated by his wife, and movingly read by George Guidall. Around three hours long it is a compelling and unforgettable audience with Elie Wiesel: haunting, disturbing, moving, human, insightful and lingering in the memory.
"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp that turned my life into one long night, seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky. Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my god and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes. Never shall I forget those things even were I condemned to live as long as god himself"
"Spellbinding, tragic, harrowing, beautifully written and read"
Spellbinding, tragic, harrowing, beautifully written and read. Some valuable extra material at the end helps put it into a context (if that's possible)
"How can one call such horror a good book?"
This is an absolutely heartbreaking recollection of crimes against the Jews during WWII. My only "criticism" is not against the excellent reading by the narrator, but as the story is told as per the eyes of a 15 year old, the aged voice of the narrator distracted a bit. The world should be learn from the horrors of the second world war, but we can see we haven't turning a blind eye to genocide around the world happening to peoples unimportant to the west or within own regions. "Never again" rings hollow and the "easy" resettlement isn't the answer.
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