“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….Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.”
Read: May 2017
The front cover quotes the New York Times saying that this book is, “A slim volume of terrifying power.” For me, it was!
This a short book tells the true story of Elie Wiesel and his experience at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II.
This book is very direct, there are no excessive descriptions or embellishments to it, only what is necessary to tell the story. This can lead readers to think it is somewhat bare but that is not necessarily a bad thing in this book. The focus of this book, for me, was the day to day fear prisoners experienced, their physical and mental hardships and the constant wondering if you’ll be alive at the end of the day.
I gave this book a 5 out of 5 simply because of its significance. This is not fiction! It is a first-hand account of the horrors of war and genocide; how people were stripped of their dignity and humanity. This book makes you realize that under the right (extreme) circumstances, people are capable of anything.
Everyone should read this book at least once in their life. Hopefully, works like this might help prevent past mistakes from being repeated.
“To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”
The thought I was left with at the end of this book is, “How does a person recover from this? How normal a life can they lead after such trauma?”
5 out of 5 mortars
The book’s author, Elie Wiesel, died just last year on July 2 at the age of 87. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Nobel citation honoring him stated: “Wiesel is a messenger to mankind. His message is one of peace, atonement and human dignity. His belief that the forces fighting evil in the world can be victorious is a hard-won belief.”
Click Here and you can find a short biography of Elie Wiesel.