Night by Elie Wiesel

February 13, 2011
Night by Elie Wiesel is an autobiography describing his life during the Holocaust while he was in a concentration camp. The story starts off in his home in Sighet, Transylvania when he is 14. His teacher tries to warn the community of the Nazi’s but nobody believes him, but they soon regret it. The community is moved into a ghetto and are eventually shipped off, with 80 others, in a cattle car and brought to a place unknown to any of them. This is the beginning of the hard, heart wrenching, and testing time to come in the concentration camp.

Once at the concentration camps, everybody is evaluated and split up according to gender and age. That is the last time Elie sees his mom and sister. The men go through many beatings, starvation, and torturous conditions as their spirits are slowly dying. Elie promises to stay with his father no matter what happens. They get shipped off to different camps in the course of the story and of the many men that began with Elie, not many of them make it out alive. They get little to eat and drink. Their rations of food include a piece of bread and bowl of soup per day. Everyday it is a struggle to stay alive, and hold onto anything you care about.

Night is a very suspenseful and intriguing book that will keep you interested until the very end. You don’t know what’s going to happen next or who will survive until the end. It is a nonfiction book about the life of the author during the Holocaust. Its meaning is very dark and depressing and it describes his childhood being taken away from him, him questioning his faith, and his will to survive.

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