Night by Elie Wiesel


     The picture to the left is the cover of a 3-in-1 collection of Elie Wiesel’s Night Trilogy. Night, the first of the trilogy, is a memoir. Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor, tells of his time at Auschwitz. From his home, to the ghetto, to the camps and the separation of his family… he and his father had only each other to help each other survive.

I will never understand the depths of human cruelty. Wiesel’s account will leave you feeling almost as if you were there. His words are simple and straightforward, but they have such an impact. I have no words to even begin to express my feelings when reading this. Is this a classic? Most definitely. This book captures a moment in time when men showed ultimate evil, and yet others showed ultimate strength – surrounded by death, knowing that the same fate would soon be their own. It is most definitely a classic, though I (and I’m sure Elie Wiesel) wish history had never given it the opportunity to be so. I will always consider this to be one of my top five, must read books.

I have removed accuracy from the rating. As Wiesel’s personal account I have no way to verify, yet absolutely no reason to doubt, that his words are true.

1) Is it understandable? = 5
2) Presentation of Information = 5
3) Accuracy
4) Quality of Writing = 5
5) Overall Enjoyability = 5

Average of  score 5
Overall grade = A

For more on Elie Wiesel and his humanitarian work, please go to his foundation’s website.

Where to buy the book: CBD | Amazon | B&N

This was book 52 in my 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge.

This was book 12 in my Classics challenge.

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2011


Today is a day of remembrance, so that we never forget the horrible events of the Holocaust. “Fascination” is probably the wrong word, but I’ve always been drawn to this piece of history. It raises up so much anger and sadness in me. But I can’t turn away from it.

One of the most notable Holocaust survivors is Elie Wiesel. His book Night has touched millions of people, myself included, in a way that few books have ever done. He has made it part of his life’s work to make sure that people learn from the events of the past so that it never happens again. He is constantly involved in humanitarian efforts through his Foundation for Humanity and is being honored on May 16,2011 with the  United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Award ” in recognition of the singular role he has played in establishing and advancing the cause of Holocaust remembrance.” What some may not know is that he is pictured in a famous photo taken after the liberation of the Buchenwald camp. He is the face circled in red, right next to the vertical beam.

The Days of Remembrance continue from May 1 – May 8. This year’s theme is Justice and Accountability in the Face of Genocide: What Have We Learned? This article discusses the Nuremberg and Eichmann trials, and the precedents set by them. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. will be holding events during the Days of Remembrance. You can participate online.

Yad Vashem is the World Holocaust Center in Jerusalem. There is so much on this website I just didn’t know what to link to. Go check it out.

Also check out the Holocaust Wing of the Jewish Virtual Library. And this article by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, President of The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

And check out this original trailer of Schindler’s List… a movie by Steven Spielberg about a man who helped save more than 1100 Jews from the death camps.

Song-lyrics Sunday 5/1/11


Today is also Holocaust Remembrance Day. So I decided to look for a song that covers not only the Christian faith, but the Jewish faith as well. I decided on Barlow Girl’s “Never Alone”. The song, which reads like a lament from the book of Psalms, is a cry to God when we feel like God has abandoned us. I can’t imagine anyone feeling that way more than the Jews did during the Holocaust. Some may have given up on God, but I’m sure many held onto their faith, and this is in remembrance of them.

I waited for You today
But You didn’t show
No no no
I needed You today
So where did You go?
You told me to call
Said You’d be there
And though I haven’t seen You
Are You still there?

[Chorus:]
I cried out with no reply
And I can’t feel You by my side
So I’ll hold tight to what I know
You’re here and I”m never alone

And though I cannot see You
And I can’t explain why
Such a deep, deep reassurance
You’ve placed in my life

We cannot separate
You’re part of me
And though You’re invisible
I’ll trust the unseen

[Chorus]

We cannot separate
You’re part of me
And though You’re invisible
I’ll trust the unseen

[Chorus]

Check out the acoustic version of the song, which I thought was more fitting: