Elie Wiesel’s “Night” Helps Us Remember the Holocaust

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Shannon Henderson, Contributor

January 27th, 2017 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On that day, people around the world remembered the tragedy of the Holocaust and honored the millions of people who were killed. This terrible historical event is most remembered by its survivors. Elie Wiesel, author of Night, shares his story throughout the pages of his book. Enlightening the reader with words warning “never to remain silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering.” He died on July 2, 2016 at 87 years old. His books keep his memory alive and Night, in particular, stands in memory of the human suffering of the Holocaust.

The powerful true story Night is set in Sighet, Transylvania, which is now a town in Romania. The setting moves to concentration camps including Auschwitz when Sighet is annexed by the Nazis. Wiesel encloses the reader in the horrific experiences at the concentration camps. Night is written with such emotion that when Wiesel feels sad, confined, hopeless and even guilty, the reader does too. His writing exposes the true evil of humanity inside others and even himself. What the average person knows about the Holocaust will be greatly expanded after reading Night. When all one has to look forward to each day is a slice of bread and soup, it is easy to loose hope. Wiesel’s powerful writing keeps the reader moving through.

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