"Night" By Elie Wiesel

Bradley Dorricott

Summary

This book takes place towards the end of World War II. In 1944, Elie and his family were taken from their homes in Sighet to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. After they arrived at Auschwitz via train, Elie and his father were sent to the male camp while his mother and sister were sent to the female camp, Elie never saw them again. Throughout their stay at Auschwitz Elie and his father struggled to survive not only the non stop labor, but the excruciating weather conditions, and the selection process to. In 1945, As the red army grew closer, the Nazis moved the Jews farther away, so Every working Jew in Auschwitz was sent Buchenwald, including Elie and his father.


3 things I learned

The first thing I learned was that each individual camp was supervised by a Jew, I learned that as Elie moved from camp to camp with his father.
The second thing I learned was that on New Years, the Jews didnt have to work, I learned that when Elie was talking about how on New Years there was no work to be done and the rations of food were noticeably larger.
The third thing I learned was the Jews had to run 47 miles non stop to Buchenwald, I learned this when Elie and his father had to run in ranks to the next camp with the other Jews and if you stopped, you were shot and killed.


Quotes

"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." This quote is saying that after that first night, it all seemed like just one horrible night all together to Elie.
"I was a body. Perhaps less than that even: a starved stomach. The stomach alone was aware of the passage of time." this is saying that Elie wasn't a person anymore, but just a body trying to stay alive.
"After my father's death, nothing could touch me any more." This is saying that after Elie's father passed, nothing phased him anymore.


Reflection

Although this book was short, it said a lot. I really enjoyed reading this book because it really gave me an inside look of what actually took place for the inmates of Auschwitz. After reading Night I will never look at the Holocaust the same way because it was worse than I imagined it to be. The author, Elie Wiesel, told this story from his own experiences within the death camp, and it gave me more knowledge than any Hollywood movie ever could.

I can not make any personal connections to this book, so I can only imagine the suffering that Elie went through during World War II. Although Elie survived the war, none of the other members of his family did. Today, Elie writes novels and gives speeches to remind people of what happened during the Holocaust.


Recommendation

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about the Holocaust. However, there is a lot of scenes in the story that may be disturbing for some readers, so I would say this book is for kids 11 years or older. I think that people should read this book because it gives you information about the Holocaust from someone who actually had to live through it and survive it, and there isn't any others out there quite like it.


"Night" SUMMARY/OVERVIEW -- Elie Wiesel's "Night" ... from 60second Recap®