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Publisher's Summary

The Long Night is Ernst Israel Bornstein's first-hand account of what he witnessed in seven concentration camps. Written with remarkable insight and raw emotion, The Long Night paints a portrait of human psychology in the darkest of times. Bornstein tells the stories of those who did all they could do to withstand physical and psychological torture, starvation, and sickness, and openly describes those who were forced to inflict suffering on others. The narrative is simple, yet profound; unbridled, honest, and dignified. The Long Night is the extraordinary tale of Ernst Israel Bornstein's tortuous passage through a number of Nazi camps. What he endured reminds us that there were many different experiences of the camps and that there is no single Holocaust narrative. Most of the camps to which Dr Bornstein was sent remain little known today, yet they remind us of just how widespread, vast and destructive the brutal camp system was.

With introduction from former Prime Minister, David Cameron.

©2016 Ernst Israel Bornstein (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Ernst Israel Bornstein had been 18 when his world collapsed; youthful adaptability self-possession and above all, luck, combined to preserve his husk in seven work camps which might have been modeled on the sequence of Dante's circles of hell." (The Times Literary Supplement)
"Both harrowing and inspirational, The Long Night is a chilling reminder of what can happen when we fail to challenge hatred and bigotry. It should be read by anyone who believes we still have lessons to learn from the Holocaust - and anyone who doesn't." (Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP)

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Captivating!

I couldn't put this one down. It's shocking the cruelty we are capable of inflicting on a fellow human being.

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Incredible study of human suffering and triumph

Not only is this book a very tragic story but it also is excellent in terms of understanding the human psyche in unbearably challenging situation. One of the best.

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Worse than Hackneyed

Did not like the story telling. More of a boring opinion speech mixed with accounts of experience and wasted accounts of accounts of accounts and lists of....yep just like my review. I forced myself to listen because I purchased it. Would NOT recommend!

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  • 03-31-17

First audio book- what an amazing story

Where does The Long Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the first audio book I have listened to and it was really powerful to hear such an account as an audio book

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not sure favourite is relevant for this book. Ernst as the author is direct and factual in his accounts of the horrors of the Holocaust and does not burden the listener with his feelings and emotions. This was a very refreshing approach to the subject matter.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were many times when I had to stop listening as I was overwhelmed with emotion. I cannot even begin to relate to what Ernst went through.

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I found it a very pleasant listen and could really picture the events unfolding. The story is well balanced and objective in that there is some good within evil. I highly recommend this book and I learnt a lot from it

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  • 01-05-18

Heartwrenching. Gripping. Astonishing.

This tale is expertly narrated as it is deserved to be. An absolutely gripping account that kept me on the edge of my seat. I had to keep reminding myself it was a true story! Everyone needs to read this - it seems like another world, another time BUT IT HAPPENED in this world not so long ago...