The Importance of Elie Wiesel’s “Night”
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.
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About a week or so ago, I stopped in Terre Haute, IN, and took my boys to the Candles Holocaust museum. Very moving.
It was important that they learn about man’s inhumanity to man.
If you live in IN, take the time and go see that museum.
Inhumanity? How about man’s evil conduct toward man.
That “Never again” is happening again, as Muslims complete their 3d attempt to enter Europe (732; 1529/1683; today).
In the Muslim world, the strain of “Never again” was never heard. Rather, “Always.”
The following verses from the Qur’an are specifically aimed at Jews. Since Jews were the first religious group to refuse conversion – the first Muslim failure – the rage against them is intense.
Surah 5:60 …Those (Jews) who incurred the Curse of Allah and His Wrath, those He transformed into monkeys and swine, those who worshipped false deities.
Surah 2:61 Abasement and humiliation were brought down upon them, [the Jews] and they became deserving of Allah’s wrath; this was so because they disbelieved in the communications of Allah and killed the prophets unjustly; this was so because they disobeyed and exceeded the limits.
Surah 2:65-66 We said to the Jews who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath: “Be ye apes, despised and rejected.”
Surah 2:96 And verily, you will find them (the Jews) the greediest of mankind for life and (even greedier) than those who ascribe partners to Allah…
Surah 4:161 Jews will suffer a painful chastisement because they lend money.
Surah 5:12-13 Allah made a covenant with the children of Israel , ..But on account of their breaking their covenant We cursed them and made their hearts hard;… and you shall always discover treachery in them excepting a few of them;
Surah 5:70 Jews called some of the messengers of God liars and some they slew.
Hadiths Calling For The Killing Of Jews (Hadiths are collections of the sayings and deeds of Muhammed and Sahih hadith indicates one that is pure and authentic and recognized by all Islamic scholars)
Kill The Jew Behind The Stone:
Sahih Bukhari, 4:52:177, narrated by Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle says, “The Jews will fight with you, and you will be given victory over them so that a stone will say, ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew behind me; kill him!’ [This story is important enough to Muslims to be noted several times in the hadiths of Sahih Muslim]
Two further books I recommend.
Hitler’s Death Camp’s ; The sanity of madness : Konnilyn Feig. Probably out of print as it was released in 1981.
The Wall, John Hershey. On the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
A 3rd book of interest is The Arm’s of Krupp. I forget the author but he was well known. William Manchester maybe? To read it is to understand fascism.
My younger son & I attended a lecture at Colorado College held to promote the opening of the Holocaust Museum. Elie Wiesel may have been the featured speaker if I recall.
PBS has a silent documentary, film only of the liberation of Dachau taken at the time. I’ve seen it twice.
The only way you can be indifferent to any of this is to be ignorant of history.
Given the left’s successful mission in revisionist history (thank you, crying boehners) the saddest part of it all is that much of his work will be going to waste.
The US in the character of its people and the corruption of its leadership and debauchery of its people is oddly parallel to the German pre-war Weimar Republic (just wait till Obama’s fake zero interest “economy” can no longer be supported by printing money.)
For a major party to even consider a fascist criminal like Hillary Clinton for high office is the icing on the cake.
History always repeats itself.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.