This internationally acclaimed book was an engrossing, in-depth and sometimes hard-to-read account of Elie Wiesel’s life as a Jewish teenager in a small town in modern-day Romania. It details the deportation of he and his father’s internment at Auschwitz-Birkenau. He relates their treatment at the hand of the Nazis, the horror he and his father endured, their transfer to Buchenwald and his father’s death. Buchenwald was finally liberated by the Allies in April 1945. The book was the first in a trilogy that includes Dawn and Day. Its publication in 1956 lead to Wiesel’s legacy as an international symbol in the struggle for human rights. Wiesel died this past July at the age of 82.
written by Fred B.
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