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Night by Elie Wiesel

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The book Night, written by Elie Wiesel, is a horrifying, historic account of Wiesel’s time in multiple German concentration camps. His work gained him a Nobel Peace Prize. His acceptance speech and further lectures enlightened many other readers. Elie Wiesel’s eye-opening Night is very relevant for real life. This stunning book is applicable because of its education about World War II for the Jewish, inspiration to the human race in their day-to-day lives, and because genocide still goes on today in places such as Darfur.

This book is very educating about the history of the concentration camps and Holocaust. “…The spectators observed these emaciated creatures ready to kill for a crust of bread...the old man was crying, ‘Meir, my little Meir! Don’t you recognize me…you’re killing your father…I have bread…for you too…for you too’ He collapsed…there were two dead bodies next to (Elie), the father and the son.” (Page 101 of Night) Concentration camps were terrible. The prisoners/Jews were so underfed that they were willing to kill their own family members for a slice of bread. The Jews would go to extremes in order to get a bit more food to line their stomachs. Concentration camps, Gestapo, and SS transform the prisoners’ morals and their lives. “My father suddenly had a colic attack. He got up and asked politely, in German, ‘Excuse me…could you tell me where the toilets are located?’ (Night page 39) …Then, he slapped my father with such force that he fell down and then crawled back to his place on all fours.” This also shows the brutality of the German Kapos and the Nazi Staff. This is very educational for the world about the brutality and unpleasantness of the concentration camps. Educating people about the holocaus...

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By reading Night, the book and Elie Wiesel’s personal experiences lead people to explore more into modern oppression and segregation. Night is a book that continually educates the world about the repulsion and revulsion of the concentration camps. By sharing Elie’s knowledge with the world, Night and Elie’s teachings make sure that history does not repeat itself. Night also inspires mankind with its tales of uplifting perseverance. Finally, Night serves to remind us of what has happened and also to show us that we must not let it happen again. Wiesel’s speeches and book recap the horrors of Nazi Germany and also prompts us to look deeper into modern-day similarities such as the Civil War in Darfur. Night and Wiesel’s teachings are very relevant to real life because of the modern values and historic reminiscence that they hold.
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