Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel’s memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man. This new translation by his wife and most frequent translator, Marion Wiesel, corrects important details and presents the most accurate rendering in English of Elie Wiesel’s testimony to what happened in the camps and of his unforgettable message that this horror must simply never be allowed to happen again.
I wouldn’t say that I enjoyed this story, as it’s hard to like the story of Holocaust survivor, but I’m glad I read it. It’s hard to imagine the horrors of the Holocaust, but I believe it’s something we need to understand (so it doesn’t happen again). Having a first-hand account of those inhumane events is chilling and eye opening. Because Wiesel’s writing style is not unnecessarily graphic and easy to read, this is a book I think most people and many young adults can and should read.