Night by Elie Wiesel is a haunting first person account into the atrocities of Hitler’s final solution. This shocking book made me realize that evil needs to be dealt with at first sight. While not an enjoyable read, it definitely needs to be read widely. This book had caused great inner turmoil within me due to the silence of God.
I was honestly numb when the description of the smoke coming from the burning of Jews; I couldn’t fathom the part where a young child was hung and died a slow death while the prisoners had to parade past, and the inhumane treatment of the inmates when German soldiers threw bread into the train cars.
Words can not adequately portray the human suffering endured by Jews.
I can sympathize with Wiesel’s questioning God, his struggle to hold on to his dying father, and the inhumane treatment of fellow humans. This was the second time that I have read this book. The first time I was in college and the book deeply impacted me. I remember the long 42 mile forced march that Elie had to endure. I remember in college that my ride had left and I wanted to stay longer at a party. At the end of the night, I ran home thinking about the long run that Wiesel had to endure. If he had stopped, the soldiers had orders to shoot any stragglers. Even though my trip home was about 4 miles, I did not stop.
I will make it my conviction to stand with any person or country fighting for peace.