Hello Dear Followers,
If my life wasn’t busy enough with reading and a full-time reporting job, I’ve decided to add another book into my reading regimen. I consider it the “before you go to bed” book. I am reading “Night” by Elie Wiesel. Mr. Wiesel recounts his life in 1944, at the time when he was a teenager living in Sighet, Translyvania. Mr. Wiesel and his family are taken from their home and brought to Auschwitz concentration camp and then to Buchenwald.
While I have only read the first 6o something pages of this book, I am just sickened that there were people that could do such horrific things to a group of human beings treating them like animals simply because of their religion.
This isn’t the first time I am learning about the Holocaust, when I was about 12 or 13, my friend and I participated in what was known as History Day, it was an exhibition competition where we had to single out a time in history and re-create it in some fashion. Well, we built a replica of a concentration camp. And I realize now by reading this account I never really knew or learned about this horrific time in world history.
I kept saying as I was reading, “why isn’t the United States helping these people,” “why aren’t other nations helping these people, why are they going through this.”
It was a terrible time in history and while we don’t live with any certainty in today’s world, I can’t begin to imagine what those people must have gone through. It’s interesting though, I see major similarities between 9/11 and the Holocaust. Horrific is the same word I would use for 9/11 as well. It’s horrible how much control one person had.
I think Mr. Wiesel’s attempt to take himself back to such an unspeakably horrible time in his life and re-live every detail, every emotion is remarkable. I don’t know that I could do it.
Mr. Wiesel writes in his Preface : “There are those who tell me that I survived in order to write this text, I am not convinced. I don’t know how I survived, I was weak, rather shy; I did nothing to save myself. A miracle? Certainly not.”
I don’t agree, I do believe it was a miracle he survived, and maybe he didn’t do anything extraordinary to survive, but the fact that he did and wrote this book to tell his story is remarkable. I had read “The Diary of Anne Frank” and I thought that book was excellent, terribly sad, but excellent.
I think this is definitely worth reading, it is gut wrenching so far, but it definitely worth truly understanding what happened during that time in our history.
Until next time…