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    The Importance of Elie Wiesel’s “Night”

    The Importance of Elie Wiesel’s “Night”

    Never again.

    In honor of the passing of Elie Wiesel, I’d like to share a personal story about how I was affected by his work.

    In the early 1980’s I found myself at a new school in the eighth grade. My English teacher required my class to read Wiesel’s major work “Night” as an assignment.

    Despite years of education, I didn’t know much about the Holocaust.

    Wiesel’s book changed that. I remember reading it very quickly and being unable to put it down. The horrors he described his family going through in a concentration camp stunned me and have stayed with me for my entire life.

    Here’s a 2013 clip of Wiesel on the Holocaust:

    I hate to invoke stereotypes like “kids today,” but it doesn’t seem like most eighth graders are even being taught the truth about American history, let alone this subject.

    I hope that my former school still considers “Night” required reading.

    It’s a book no reader will ever forget.

    Featured image is a screencap.

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    dunce1239 | July 3, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    The USA was only really threatened by progressive, socialists,liberals, communists,or whatever the leftists called themselves until now with obama bringing in millions of muslims to help him destroy our judeo christian traditions and way of life. He is attacking on every front with gay marriage, forced abortions with obamacare,transgender bathrooms, abolishing gun rights, attacks on free speech, destroying our rights to due process, freedom of the press, using government agencies against his political opposition, h e is using illegal immigration to rig elections. The list of his crimes is endless and his opposition is spineless.


     
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    myiq2xu | July 4, 2016 at 3:10 am

    The first time I ever read “Night” was in college. The part that I remember most was when Wiesel and his family arrive at the concentration camp and the men and boys were separated from the women and girls. The males went one direction and the females went another.

    Wiesel says that was the last time he saw his mother and sisters again.


     
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    DieJustAsHappy | July 4, 2016 at 7:40 am

    The gravity and horror of the Holocaust was first revealed to me through the reading of “Babi Yar: A Document in the Form of a Novel” by Anatoli Kuznetsov.

    For a reference and article about Babi Yar, link: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/babiyar.html


     
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    snopercod | July 4, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Elie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for speaking out against violence, repression, and racism. I wonder, did he ever speak out against socialism, the root cause of the “violence, repression, and racism”? I’m guessing not because he was a big democrat. This is what is so frustrating about many Jews – the majority seem to support the same politics today that lead to the Holocaust back then.


     
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    Vascaino | July 4, 2016 at 11:45 am

    While we ponder over the legacy Elie Wiesel left for us we must not close our eyes to Clinton’s crony Blumenthal and his son’s hate tweets about the man.
    These are the people like, Soros, who would sell their fellow man to the tyranny that Wiesel warned us about.


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