Night was written by a Hungarian Jew who survived a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel was only 15 years old when the German Nazis rounded up the Jews in his hometown of Sighet, Hungary. His family was sent to Auschwitz, the largest and deadliest concentration camp created by the Nazis. Wiesel’s testimony of the horrors that made up daily life in the camp, combined with his observations on how these horrors affected him psychologically, create a powerful, compelling memoir. It is one of the best, and saddest, books I have ever read. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy.
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