Book Review: Night by Elie Wiesel

NightI have wanted to read Elie Wiesel’s Night since I saw him on Oprah several years ago. My local bookstores did not carry it and shipping is outrageous for books. Thank goodness I found a used copy. It’s a pretty short book so it only took me a few hours to finish.

Night was riveting. It was as painfully explicit as I expected. The Holocaust is one of those gut-wrenching, inhuman atrocities that will never make sense. Even if someone is your captive, I don’t understand why they have to be treated worse than animals. In the case of the Holocaust, it seemed like the Jews didn’t know what they were getting into. Before they knew it everything was taken from them and they could not escape or resist. They more or less submitted and still they weren’t shown mercy. They were beaten, barely fed, separated from their families and saw their loved ones murdered.

Unfortunately, the Holocaust is only one of the detestable recorded events in history and sadly to this day humans slaughter and enslave other humans. Sometimes one by one, sometimes 147 at a time.

I don’t want to expose too much of the book but I will say that most of us have no idea what pain is.

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