NIGHT BY ELIE WIESEL EBOOK
by Elie Wiesel. IF IN MY LIFETIME I WAS TO WRITE only one book, this would be the one. Just as the past lingers in the present, all my writ- ings after Night. A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel. Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of . Editorial Reviews. resourceone.info Review. In Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel's memoir Night, a scholarly, pious teenager is wracked with guilt at having survived the.
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Night is a work by Elie Wiesel about his experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in. Elie Wiesel - Night FULL TEXT (1).pdf. Download Elie Wiesel - Night FULL TEXT (1).pdf ( MB). Locale: en. DocViewer. Zoom. Pages. Annotations. Previous. Read "Night" by Elie Wiesel available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. A New Translation From The French By Marion.
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See all 29 questions about Night…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 06, Navessa rated it it was amazing Shelves: But can we, the reader, even understand what happened there? Can modern men and women comprehend that cursed universe? I first read this in my eighth grade History class. I was It changed my life. Before this book my world was sunshine and rainbows.
My biggest concern was whether or not a boy named Jason liked me back. Both of my grandfathers served in it and so my parents wanted to make sure that we understood the sacrifices they made, the things they saw. I watched documentaries about it with my father, the history nerd, listened to the few stories that my grandfathers would tell, but up until that point I had been intentionally sheltered from the horrors of the holocaust.
I had only been told in the vaguest terms what had happened, that so many millions of people had been killed, that Hitler and his men had sought to exterminate the Jewish people. My parents wanted to spare me from what exactly that meant until they thought I was mature enough to be able to absorb it. But then I read this. And for the first time in my life I was completely self-aware.
I felt like a child, like a complete and utter fool. What millions of people similarly endured? I now understood my own insignificance in the grand scheme of things and suddenly the reality of the world was a crushing weight.
It was dark. It was ugly and unforgiveable. I remember getting really angry when I finished this. Mostly I was angry at the world and at humanity as a whole but I unfairly turned some of that on my father.
At one point I even demanded that he explain this… thing to me. Fifteen years later, my second read of this book has impacted me just as much as the first. Madness lies at the end of it. How did this happen? How did so many average human beings contribute to this?
How did the SS working in the camps reach the point that they were physically and mentally able to toss live infants into flames? How were the German girls that lived within smelling distance of Auschwitz able to pass love notes to the soldiers that marched their skeletal prisoners past? How did these same starving prisoners manage to run 20 kilometers in the freezing snow?
How could the SS officers that shot them if they stopped on the first day of their death march then shout encouragements to them the next? How could human beings do these things to each other? Like my father, I have no answers. And that, I believe, is why many modern humans will never really be able to comprehend the things that happen in this book. Absorb it, yes.
Bear witness to it, yes. Understand it? Hopefully never. I finished this at lunch today.
What would I do to survive? Would I beat my own father to death for the bread in his hand? I hope to God that none of us will ever have to find out the answers to these questions. If you read a single book in your life, this should be it. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest View all 88 comments. Jan 05, Sasha Alsberg rated it it was amazing.
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Jul 29, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: There is little that freaks me out more than the Holocaust. And I'm not belittling it at all with the phrase 'freaks me out. Elie Wiesel's Night brings me back to my senses, makes me hate the cold hearted bitch I've learned to be.
And not by some overtly dramatic rendition of the ho There is little that freaks me out more than the Holocaust. And not by some overtly dramatic rendition of the horrors of life in a concentration camp but more of the LACK of it.
The down to the nitty gritty telling of what happened during the year that he was imprisoned. It wasn't going for the kick to the gut reaction, more of a confused, inconceivable retelling of day to day events, and thisthis is what really makes me shudder and be at a loss for words.
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Hell, words? Who am I kidding? Try coherent thought. I would conjure up other verbs, other images, other silent cries. It still was not right. All the dictionary had to offer seemed meager, pale lifeless.
He commanded: Women to the right! Eight simple, short words. Yet that was the moment when I left my mother. The power they can hold is devastating. Yes, not a new thought, not an original one, yet fucking true nonetheless. Words, but ones that incite something within. Creepy crawlies or nausea. I have met only one Holocaust survivor, that I'm aware of. And 'met' is too strong a word. I was working in a store during college and was collecting payment from a customer who handed me the money and flashed his tattoo.
I paled. My eyes darted from the faded black green numbers that served as this man's identity to his face and knew that I was just another gawker. That in that one moment I had created a history for this man.
Certainly makes you rethink being pissed off that Sbarro's had left the food court. I think that my kids will most likely never meet a survivor.
That books like Night and Anne Frank will have to serve as an education, a reminder that THIS, in fact, DID happen and that it is cruel and moronic and downright irresponsible to believe otherwise. I could say that I did have some sense of relief that at least I wasn't alive during this. That I didn't sit back and have some vague understanding of this going on.
But, that's not really the case, right? We have Rwanda and Darfur and god knows what other insane situations happening out thereand we're outraged over the price of an iPhone. As simply stated as that. 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 tuned my dreams to ashes. Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself.
And in the Preface to the New Translation, he says: Have I used the right words? Most definitely, yes.
View all 54 comments. Jan 16, Chris Horsefield rated it it was amazing.
Upon completion of this book, my mind is as numb as if I had experienced this suffering myself. So much pain and suffering are thrown at you from the pages that one cannot comprehend it all in the right perspective. One can only move forward as the victims in this book did.
Step by step, page by page. Initially, numbness is the only way to deal with such anguish. Otherwise one becomes quickly overwhelmed by the images that evoke questions that cannot be answered. And yet, I read this book from t Upon completion of this book, my mind is as numb as if I had experienced this suffering myself.
And yet, I read this book from the comfort of a warm home and a full stomach. Imagine the impact if it were otherwise. Imagine being forced from your home to live in barracks, living off soup and bread, forced to go outside in the winter without a jacket, and perform manual labor from dawn to dusk with the smell of a crematorium in your backyard.
How many of us could endure this for just one day, let alone, for years? What would this do to us physically and more important, what would this do to us mentally? Yet, we witness in this book the miracle of the prisoner's survival.
The strength and raw endurance of the human spirit. We must be reminded of this this glorious strength, but also reminded that it was the weakness of the human spirit that inflicted these crimes on others. Humanity has the capability of extreme strength, but also of extreme weakness which often hides under the guise of self-righteousness and need for power over others. This book is necessary in order to remind us of this.
These things must not be forgotten. Read this book even if you think you have read enough of the Holocaust and of pain and suffering. Every book that I have read about the Holocaust offers something new including this one. Read it as a memorial and a tribute. Read it as a reminder of how fortunate we are to have a free society and how we must preserve this freedom at all costs.
There are those who would like to take it away. Fascism is alive and well.
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View all 12 comments. Mar 18, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is a hard, righteous slap in the conscience to everyone of good will in the world and should stand as a stark reminder of both: The most chilling aspect of the narrative for me was the calm, casual way that so many of the nightmarish events that Elie witnesses were performed.
For example, early on in the account, Elie is separated from his Mother and sisters never to see them again. This life-altering, traumatically painful action is done so quickly and in such an off-handed, bureaucratic manner by the Nazis that trying to grasp the reality of it made me physically sick.
That was only the beginning. Elie goes on to chronicle his subsequent attempts not to be separated from his father and the horrors he was forced to witness and endure. Along the road of this terrifying journey, we hear in Elie's own words of the growing disgust of his 13 year old self for both mankind and for God and how he eventually lost completely his own humanity in his resolve to do whatever he had to in order to stay alive. Written in a simple, unsentimental style which makes the horrors described seem somehow more shocking , this is one of those important life-changing books that I believe everyone should read.
View all 24 comments. Sep 30, Brina rated it it was amazing Shelves: At that time it had recently become a law in my state to teach the Holocaust as part of the general curriculum, and, as a result, my classmates and I were the torchbearers to tell people to never forget and were inundated with quality Holocaust literature. Yet even though middle school students can comprehend Night, the subject matter at times is still way over their heads.
The book itself although a prize The first time I read Night by Eli Wiesel I was in an eighth grade religious school class. The book itself although a prize winner blended into the religious school class and receded to the back of my memory bank. These years later I have been enjoying a religious lifestyle for my adult life. Upon hearing that Nobel Laureate Eli Wiesel passed away recently I thought now was as good of a time as any to reread his award winning account of surviving the Holocaust.
Although only pages in length, Wiesel's memoir of life in the concentration camps is one of the most powerful pieces of literature that most people will ever read. Wiesel discusses his relationship with G-D and talks about his conflicting feelings in regards to taking care of his father while in Buna and Birkenau camps. It was not easy to digest. Wiesel also writes in length about observing Rosh Hashanah while in the concentration camps.
Why praise the Almighty for one's deliverance if one's existence is spent as a prisoner living on crusts of bread? It was easy to forget G-D or denounce His existence, even for the most religious Jews. These passages brought me close to tears. Even though the world is far from perfect, my family lives in a land of freedom and are free to worship as we choose.
His passing is indicative that few survivors are still with us and we should hear their stories while we still can. Night is a painful yet necessary read, and by reading it I can go into the new year thanking G-D for my right to live in relative peace and prosperity.
View all 14 comments. Just read it. View all 19 comments. Apr 21, Candi rated it it was amazing Shelves: My eyes had opened and I was alone, terribly alone in a world without God, without man. Without love or mercy. I have seen Night , have heard of Night for many years now. I waited to read it, unsure what I could possibly gain from reading another account of the evil existing among our fellow human beings — I will become enraged and depressed. I will be forced to examine my own faith and I "I was the accuser, God the accused.
But then I discovered that my son was assigned this book as part of his summer reading for a high school English class. What do I want him to learn from this book, from this dark piece of our not too distant past?
I do not want him to be a passive bystander. I want him to understand that narrow-mindedness, hatred and bigotry exist despite his fortunate and protected upbringing. Other human beings are right now suffering unimaginable sorrow, are being cruelly maltreated.
History does repeat itself, perhaps with varying backgrounds, different groups of individuals. My son needs to read this book.
His children need to read this book someday. I need to read this book. I did. I read this book and I cried. I was angry. I was disgusted with humanity. Everyone should read this book at least once. This is a slim book with a tremendous message. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. View all 66 comments. Jan 03, Lindsay - Traveling Sister rated it it was amazing. I am at a loss for words This is a DEEPLY moving and powerful book about the author's experience in concentration camps and the atrocities that happened during the Holocaust.
Words cannot describe how I truly feel about what I read on these pages.
It is impossible for us, as readers, to truly fathom this piece of history, unless we lived it. I hope everyone takes the time to read 5 stars I hope everyone takes the time to read this page memoir at some point in their lives. The author was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in calling him a "messenger to mankind" for his written works.
We simply cannot risk forgetting. View all 43 comments. Mar 26, Martine rated it really liked it Shelves: This book has garnered so many five-star reviews and deals with such important subject matter that it almost feels like an act of heresy to give it a mere four stars. Yet that is exactly what I'm going to do, for while Night is a chilling account of the Holocaust and the dehumanisation and brutalisation of the human spirit under extreme circumstances, the fact remains that I've read better ones.
Better written ones, and more insightful ones, too. Night is Elie Wiesel's somewhat fictionalised acco This book has garnered so many five-star reviews and deals with such important subject matter that it almost feels like an act of heresy to give it a mere four stars. Night is Elie Wiesel's somewhat fictionalised account of the year he spent at Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
It's a chilling story about his experiences in and between concentration camps, his gradual loss of faith he was a very observant Jew who obviously wondered where God was while his people were being exterminated , and his feelings of guilt when he realised that his struggle for survival was making him insensitive towards his dying father.
It's gruesome, chilling material, and I felt very quiet after having read it. Yet I also felt vaguely unsatisfied with the book. I wanted more detail. I wanted fleshed-out writing rather than a succession of meaningful one-line paragraphs. I wanted less heavy-handed symbolism the book very much centres on troubled father-and-son relationships, to echo the one central Father-and-Son one and more actual feeling.
I wanted a writer and a translator who knew better than to call an SS officer 'an SS'.
And most of all, I wanted a less abrupt ending. I wanted to ask Wiesel what happened in the immediate aftermath of the liberation of Buchenwald.
I wanted to ask him what happened to his leg, on which he marched for several gruesome days just days after having undergone an operation, and how he picked up the pieces afterwards, and why on earth his two eldest sisters, who died in Auschwitz as well as his mother and younger sister, never warranted more than a single mention. The latter was an example of seriously shoddy writing, I thought. Perhaps my questions were answered in the original version of Night , which never got published.
In his introduction to the new English translation of Night , Wiesel mentions that the book as it is today is a severely abridged version of a much longer Yiddish original called And the World Remained Silent.
I think I can see why the original wasn't published quite apart from the fact that the world wasn't ready yet for concentration camp literature, the few quotes provided in the introduction make for heavy reading. The abridged version definitely seems more readable than the full-length one, and does an admirable job getting the facts across. Even so, I think the publishers might have gone a step too far in abridging the book to the extent that they did.
No doubt the very brevity of Night is one of the reasons why it's so popular today, but personally, I would have liked to see a middle road between the original detailed manuscript and the incredibly spare barebones version sold now. Don't get me wrong, the abridged version is effective , but as far as I'm concerned, it's the Holocaust for people with short attention spans. I prefer Primo Levi and Ella Lingens-Reiner's more complete accounts of life in the camps myself, not to mention several Dutch books which sadly never got translated into other languages.
But still. Night is an important book, and one that deserves to be widely read. In fact, one that should be widely read, by people of all ages and nationalities, to prevent nightmare like this ever happening again.
View all 34 comments. Deluso da Sodoma, fece piovere dal cielo il fuoco e lo zolfo. E invece, gli uomini che hanno riempito i campi di concentramento, traditi e abbandonati da dio, che li ha lasciati torturare, morire di fame, bruciare, gassare, sgozzare tra loro, che fanno?
Pregano dio e lodano il suo nome p. Dio che si fa battere da Hitler, l'unico che ha veramente mantenuto le sue promesse, tutte le sue promesse col popolo ebraico p. View all 11 comments. View all 4 comments. Dec 15, Lyn rated it it was amazing. I have read two books that described a nightmare, painted a picture of hell. I still think of this book sometimes and shudder and I realize that evil is never too far buried in us.
The scene where the line of doomed prisoners splits in two with Mengela conducting, a perverse parody of the last judgment seems ripped from Dante. Dec 17, Kat rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I teach this book yearly, but my students seemed distant from the true reality of the story. Real people, real history. The immediacy of the tragedy that was Wiesel's then comes to life in a way that a junior or senior can grasp. I also tell the story of my friend, Ida, and her "no grandparents".
That is the hardest part for me as it is so personal. She was the daughter of survivors - she had no grandparents and I I teach this book yearly, but my students seemed distant from the true reality of the story. She was the daughter of survivors - she had no grandparents and I gave her mine. The sharing of my friend with my beloved grandmother and grandfather was one of the true blessings of my life and our lives were enriched through the immense addition to our family.
I was also blessed by her adding us to her home and her celebrations. My faith was enlarged. This is a powerful book - a simple one to read, but a difficult one to comprehend. Engagingly written and honest to the core - even the difficult, prickly human parts that would embarrass anyone to reveal -- this is the heart of humanity's difficult path - how do we grow if we can't love one another for the similarities and the differences.
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I wish I could say there was no more genocide, but that would be a dreamer's lie. Bless this with a read and light a candle in our darkness.
Also, go and view the dress at the Holocaust Museum website - you will leave changed. View all 17 comments. 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.
This here is exactly why I refuse to participate with anything regarding Germany; the world is complicit in its indifference. And the effect spreads like a snowball, gathering more and more edicts as the days go by. Nothing gets my blood boiling quite like seeing the numerous acts of silence committed by these citizens.
People love to victim-blame the Jews by asking the distasteful question of why they didn't stand up to the oppressor Experiencing numbness in order to remain sane at the sight of tragedy. This French girl's wisdom has stayed in mind, in particular, because the next paragraph describes an out-of-this-world experience wherein Elie Wiesel stumbles upon her eons later: But the most painful of all remains to be the relationship portrayed between father and son that keeps both alive in the face of inhumanity.
Many more sorrowful revelations are shared within the pages of this must-read. My arms gathered with goosebumps at that because the date I was reading this book was April 11th. I'll end this review by sharing my favorite Elie Wiesel quote: The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference. Buy a Coffee for nat bookspoils with Ko-fi.
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View 2 comments. Night is perhaps one of the most remarkable, harrowing and haunting accounts of the events in the Nazi Germany concentration camps Auschwitz and Buchenwald. I read this powerful work only a few days before news of the author's, Elie Wiesel's, death were announced, and both shocked me.Their stories need to be told to and read by all the future generations.
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. But I wanted to come back to warn you.
Excerpt from Night Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed.
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