Night by Elie Wiesel: A Book Review

img_5345“Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.”

Can you imagine the weight of the responsibility of murdering someone’s God?

Just let that sink in for a moment.

The quote above is just a small glimpse of the sadness you will experience as you read Night by Elie Wiesel. It is one of the most somber books I’ve ever read in my entire life.
After seeing this book on list after list of recommended reads, I added it to my reading list this year. It is nothing short of a true historical phenomenon. This narrative of  Hungarian Jew’s experience in Nazi concentration camps will leave you with a perspective you never
imagined and emotions you probably haven’t experienced before.

The book begins with a young Hungarian Jew as a teenager. His perspective takes you through World War II in his country. The details of the war were not very well known in the beginning especially the secrets that the German police would hide from the average citizen. This child’s voice carries you through times and places overlooked and ignored because of the seriousness and painfulness of their nature.
Why read this book if it’s going to be so depressing in nature?

Because it’s so important.

Nazi Germany, more specifically the Holocaust, is being forgotten. Some will go so far as to say it never even happened. But the truth is that it did. People want us to forget that humans could cause such pain and torment to other humans. How could our race do this? It’s inhuman.

But in reality, it’s just human nature in its greatest depravity.

It is heartbreaking to realize the truth of this time period in history, but it’s important for us to remember those who experienced this. Shed the light on truth. Read the book. Share the reality of the Holocaust so that we can help prevent history from repeating itself again and
again.

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