What I Love to Read
Night by Elie Wiesel
Night by Elie Wiesel is a shocking and inspirational tale of a young boy and his trials throughout is childhood during the Holocaust. Yes, ladies, it is one of those heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, tissue-blowing novels.
My 8th grade literature teacher, Mr. Morrissey, introduced me to Night. I'm not a fan of "classics" or autobiographies. After much insisting I finally gave in. Right from the start I was hooked. Wiesel raised questions and emotions in me I never thought were possible from a book.
I found myself asking "Why?" and "How could someone do this?" I felt his anger and depression and hopelessness as it was my own. My heart broke for little Eliezer.
I love Night. As saddening as it is, I look at the world differently after the experience. For that, I must be thankful.
“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.
"For the dead and the living, we must bear witness. For not only are we responsible for the memories of the dead, we are also responsible for wwhat we are doing to those memories."
"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the opppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must--at that moment--become the center of the universe."