Night (The Night Trilogy, #1) by Elie WieselBorn in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesels memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man. This new translation by his wife and most frequent translator, Marion Wiesel, corrects important details and presents the most accurate rendering in English of Elie Wiesels testimony to what happened in the camps and of his unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again.
Night Audio Book Part 1: Elie Wiesel
Night is narrated by Eliezer, a Jewish teenager who, when the memoir begins, lives in his hometown of Sighet, in Hungarian Transylvania. Eliezer studies the Torah the first five books of the Old Testament and the Cabbala a doctrine of Jewish mysticism. His instruction is cut short, however, when his teacher, Moishe the Beadle, is deported.
Night: Elie Wiesel's memoir and how it preserved the Jewish identity
It is also a case study in how a book helped created a genre, how a writer became an icon and how the Holocaust was absorbed into the American experience. Raised in an Orthodox family in Sighet, Transylvania, Wiesel was liberated from Buchenwald at age On his first day in the camps, Wiesel was separated forever from his mother and sister. At Auschwitz, he watched his father slowly succumb to dysentery before the SS beat him to within an inch of his life. Mauriac urged Wiesel to rewrite the book in French and promised to write a preface. The American response was similarly tepid.
In , in the village of Sighet, Romania, twelve-year-old Elie Wiesel spends much time and emotion on the Talmud and on Jewish mysticism. His instructor, Moshe the Beadle, returns from a near-death experience and warns that Nazi aggressors will soon threaten the serenity of their lives. However, even when anti-Semitic measures force the Sighet Jews into supervised ghettos, Elie's family remains calm and compliant. In spring, authorities begin shipping trainloads of Jews to the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex. Elie's family is part of the final convoy. In a cattle car, eighty villagers can scarcely move and have to survive on minimal food and water. At midnight on the third day of their deportation, the group looks in horror at flames rising above huge ovens and gags at the stench of burning flesh.