Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) wrote many books but none so important as Night. It is the clear and horrifyingly true story of Wiesel’s evacuation from a Hungarian ghetto and imprisonment in Auschwitz. Wiesel won the Noble Prize for Literature, his bravery and self-reflective frankness recognized.
The book is the loss of his family, life, hope, all things precious and loved. Ultimately, it is the loss of self. What happens when someone reduces another human to a desperate, aching body, unfed and unrested. It is exceptional writing, Wiesel mines the most raw nerve of truth. Through that honesty, Wiesel writes a testimony not just that this happened, but – uniquely – how it happened.
Read more of Wiesel’s self-scorching thoughts of action and witness in Carrying the Burden of Witness.