My lovely friend Alex (@alexwriter61) got me this book for Christmas due to our joined love of reading about WWII. This seems to be a common book for students to read in high school in the USA, however, it’s not ever been on my curriculum here in the UK and therefore I had never read it. This first book in the series of memoirs is quite small, so I decided I was going to read it one night and I finished it very quickly.
This is Elie Wiesel’s autobiography of his time spent in concentration camps, being taken from his home forcibly by the Nazi’s and the memories he has of this horrendous time in his life. This book is short, but it is heartwrenching. Elie manages to make you feel like you are sat there next to him, listening to his story directly, with an amazing translation from Marion Wiesel aiding with this.
There is not much to say about this book, as it was so hard to read and hard to get through, as it should be with this subject matter. I do feel as though anyone reading this review should read this book, as it is important that we learn as much as we can about these events whilst they are within living memory and after, so that we don’t allow the same mistakes to be made again. This is such an important topic and I urge you to learn about it.