Notable author Elie Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature in 1986. As a survivor of the Holocaust, Wiesel used his experiences in a German concentration camps to call attention to the plight of millions of prisoners who lived and died under unimaginably horrendous conditions.
Wiesel's most famous work is "Night," which is a grim depiction of his time spent in such camps and the horrors that he experienced firsthand. The story is told via the autobiographical main character, a young boy named Eliezer.
This powerful and haunting book has sold millions of copies worldwide and remains one of the most often assigned novels of contemporary times.
Wiesel was born in 1928 in Romania. His father was an Orthodox Jew, and his mother was an Hasidic Jew. Wiesel's family was placed into a ghetto in Sighet, Hungary. They were eventually sent, along with many other Jews from their small town, to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, where the men and women were separated.
Wiesel ended up surviving largely because his father served as his protector in the camps, giving of his own meager food rations so that his son might survive. Extreme living conditions in the camp led to the death of his father. His mother and sister died in the gas chambers.
Wiesel eventually moved to the United States and dedicated his life to educating world audiences so that the truths and lessons of the Holocaust would not be forgotten and to help ensure that such atrocities never be repeated.
He became an Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities at Boston University and authored more than 40 books. He was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States Congressional Gold Medal, the French Legion of Honor and many other honors and accolades.
Other books by Elie Wiesel, also available in audiobook format include "Dawn," and "Day," both part of the "Night" Trilogy.
Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.
Night is an unmistakably autobiographical account of the author's own gruesome experiences in Nazi Germany's death camps. Told through the eyes of 14-year-old Eliezer, the tragic fate of the Jews from the little town of Sighet unfolds with a heart-wrenching inevitability. Even as they are stuffed into cattle cars bound for Auschwitz, the townspeople refuse to believe rumors of anti-Semitic atrocities. Not until they are marched toward the blazing crematory at the camp's reception center does the terrible truth sink in.
Recounting the evils at Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Wiesel's enduring classic of Holocaust literature raises questions of continuing significance for all future generations: How could man commit these horrors, and could such an evil ever be repeated? Download and start listening now!