Our first student review of the year! Whoo hoo!
Elie Wiesel’s first-hand account of the Holocaust is a must-read for all students in World Literature and it is an important topic in World History. We learn through the eyes of a boy just how inhumane humans can behave towards each other. The story begins in a small village in Romanian where Elizer Wiesel lives with his mother, father and three sisters. They are devote Ortotodox Jews and Elie is dedicated to his study of the Talmud. He is also curious of Kabbalah and asks a lot of questions to the caretaker at the local temple. The whole village is in complete denial that Jewish people are in danger and should leave Romania. They eventually are rounded-up like animals and forced in cattle cars though a horrible journey to their destruction. Many watch their loved ones be tortured and killed while others become slaves at warehouses, factories and along the railroad. Elie loses all his faith in God and begins to wish death for his father who becomes a burden. Elie travels through four concentration camps before he arrives in Buchenwald, Germany. I would truly recommend that this be read to any student in high school. It is important for the world to remember how destructive Hitler was to the innocent Jewish people.
Written by Darius