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The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays Day 9

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays

It’s the 9th day of Diversity!  We’re looking at Night by Elie Wiesel today.

Night by Elie Wiesel

I can’t even begin to explain how powerful this book is. It’s small but it is powerful. Not merely another Holocaust story, Wiesel’s story expresses the utter anguish of the victims, Wiesel himself included, who was only about 15 when he was captured. The level of atrocity the Nazis inflicted never ceases to amaze me but what is equally as astonishing is the lives the survivors made for themselves afterward.

It’s no wonder this book is on so many required reading lists. This is a trilogy, so if you’re so inclined you can go further with Wiesel. One book was all I could stomach. This amazing little book qualifies as part of the Diversity Reading Challenge.

 

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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays DAY 9 – Night by Elie Wiesel

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays DAY 9

It’s the 9th day of Diversity!  We’re looking at Night by Elie Wiesel today.

Night by Elie Wiesel

I can’t even begin to explain how powerful this book is. It’s small but it is powerful. Not merely another Holocaust story, Wiesel’s story expresses the utter anguish of the victims, Wiesel himself included, who was only about 15 when he was captured. The level of atrocity the Nazis inflicted never ceases to amaze me but what is equally as astonishing is the lives the survivors made for themselves afterward.

It’s no wonder this book is on so many required reading lists. This is a trilogy, so if you’re so inclined you can go further with Wiesel. One book was all I could stomach. This amazing little book qualifies as part of the Diversity Reading Challenge.

 

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Heartbreaking Holocaust story in Night by Elie Wiesel

Night by Elie Wiesel

Night by Elie Wiesel

Just when I thought I couldn’t get any more disgusted with the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust, I read Night by Elie Wiesel. I’ve read numerous books depicting the horrendous and inhumane treatment of Jews during the war: , The Zookeeper’s Wife, Rose Under Fire, The Hiding Place, to name a few. What continues to disgust me is the level of depravity of the Nazis; I learned in this book, that the Nazi guards kept young boys, called pipels, as companions or toys and that these pipels could act as second in command if the guard needed to delegate authority. Naturally, if these guards were punished, their pipels were too. The problem is, a young boy of 12 takes longer to die from hanging than a grown man does. This is what young, 15 yr old Elie Wiesel witnesses.

There are so many experiences that Wiesel has that it’s difficult to understand how he manages to eloquently get it all into a very slim book. But yet he does, with such heartbreaking honesty that you can’t help but weep with bitter tears, especially when the pious men begin to doubt their faith. There are so many reasons to be sad about the Holocaust but yet somehow Wiesel survives after Buchenwald is liberated and lives a long, productive life. I don’t know how he did it. But I’m so glad he did.

Must read. Very graphic. Very upsetting. Add this title to your collection; you won’t be sorry. Qualifies for the 2016 Diversity Reading Challenge.