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564 Elie Wiesel: Night

“Night” is a memoir by Elie Wiesel, recounting his experiences as a young Jewish boy during the Holocaust.



"Night" is a powerful memoir by Elie Wiesel, providing a firsthand account of his experiences as a young Jewish boy during the Holocaust. The book chronicles Wiesel's journey from his peaceful life in a Transylvanian town to the horrors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. Wiesel vividly describes the dehumanizing conditions, the loss of family and friends, and the constant struggle for survival. Through his haunting narrative, Wiesel explores profound themes of faith, hope, and the darkness that humanity is capable of. "Night" serves as a poignant reminder of the atrocities committed during the Holocaust and the enduring resilience of the human spirit. It is a testimony to the importance of remembering and bearing witness to the unspeakable horrors of the past to prevent their repetition in the future.


  1. Title: Night 
  2. Author: Elie Wiesel 
  3. Publishing Year: 1956 
  4. Publisher: Hill & Wang 
  5. Length in Hours: 4 hrs and 17 mins


5 main ideas

  1. Holocaust Experience: "Night" provides a harrowing account of the Holocaust, shedding light on the unimaginable suffering and atrocities inflicted upon Jewish individuals during World War II.
  2. Loss of Innocence: The book depicts the loss of innocence experienced by Elie Wiesel and other young Jewish children as they witness the horrors of the concentration camps and the destruction of their lives.
  3. Struggle for Survival: Wiesel's memoir reflects the constant struggle for survival in the face of starvation, brutality, and the dehumanizing conditions of the concentration camps.
  4. Faith and Religion: "Night" explores Wiesel's deep reflections on his faith and the questioning of God's presence and goodness in the midst of such unspeakable evil and suffering.
  5. The Importance of Remembrance: The book emphasizes the significance of remembering the Holocaust and bearing witness to its atrocities as a means of preserving history, preventing future genocides, and honoring the victims and survivors.

5 funny quotes

  1. "In the beginning, there was faith—which is childish; trust—which is vain; and illusion—which is dangerous."
  2. "What can we expect? It's only a first draft."
  3. "One day when I was able to get up, I decided to look at myself in the mirror on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself since the ghetto."
  4. "To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time."
  5. "In the midst of the darkness, I suddenly felt as if I were looking at the world from a great distance, from another planet's existence."

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "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."
  2. "There are a thousand and one gates leading into the orchard of mystical truth. Every human being has his own gate."
  3. "The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference."
  4. "For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living."
  5. "Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere."

5 dilemmas

  1. The moral dilemma of whether to prioritize personal survival or sacrifice oneself for the sake of others in the face of extreme suffering and dehumanization.
  2. The struggle to maintain one's humanity and sense of identity in the face of inhumane treatment and constant threats to life.
  3. The internal conflict between faith and doubt, as Elie Wiesel grapples with questions about God's existence, goodness, and presence in the midst of unimaginable suffering.
  4. The ethical dilemma of whether to speak out and resist against the injustices of the Holocaust or to remain silent and preserve one's own survival.
  5. The emotional dilemma of reconciling the survivor's guilt and the profound loss of family and community with the need to move forward and find meaning in life after the Holocaust.

5 examples

  1. Adolf Hitler - Elie Wiesel reflects on the impact and atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime during the Holocaust.
  2. Dr. Josef Mengele - Wiesel recounts his encounters with Dr. Josef Mengele, a notorious Nazi physician known for his cruel experiments on prisoners in Auschwitz.
  3. Anne Frank - Elie Wiesel references Anne Frank, another prominent Jewish writer who documented her experiences in hiding during the Holocaust.
  4. Rabbi Heschel - Elie Wiesel reflects on the teachings and influence of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a prominent Jewish theologian and philosopher who played a significant role in shaping Wiesel's worldview.
  5. Primo Levi - Elie Wiesel draws inspiration from Primo Levi, an Italian Jewish writer and Holocaust survivor, who also wrote extensively about his experiences in concentration camps.

Referenced books

  1. "The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank
  2. "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl
  3. "If This Is a Man" by Primo Levi
  4. "The Gulag Archipelago" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  5. "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

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