Thursday, 28 March 2013
A Powerful Read
Night by Elie Wiesel
Even though this book is a short read it packs so much into its pages. This memoir follows a teenager’s journey into the hell of the Nazi concentration camps. The day to day fight to live and to ensure he stays with his father right to the end. This book is heartbreaking as this young man question how his god can allow this level of suffering. Any type of humanity is stripped from those who are reduced to human cattle but yet the power of living another day drives them on. I have read numerous books on the holocaust and this one is right up there as one of the best. We do not read these books for enjoyment but to remember and honour those who perished in these man made hells. We cannot afford to forget and allow such evil to raise its head again in such a terrible way.
I thank the author for his bravery to relive this nightmare and pain and to share with us his story and by doing so the story of so many lost to evil.
About the Author
Eliezer Wiesel is a Romania-born American novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor of Hungarian Jewish descent. He is the author of over 40 books, the best known of which is Night, a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust and his imprisonment in several concentration camps.
Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a "messenger to mankind," noting that through his struggle to come to terms with "his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler's death camps," as well as his "practical work in the cause of peace," Wiesel has delivered a powerful message "of peace, atonement and human dignity" to humanity.
On November 30, 2006 Wiesel received an honorary knighthood in London, England in recognition of his work toward raising Holocaust education in the United Kingdom.