Elie Wiesel – Night Audiobooktext
“I am one of them”, such is the sentence released by Elie Wiesel, young journalist, to François Mauriac, during an interview.
François Mauriac has in front of him for the first “one of them”, one of these Jewish children crammed into wagons leaving for the extermination camps.
Elie Wiesel then goes to bed in writing his adolescence spent in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp with his father, separated from his mother and his sisters, then the terrible “death march” and the arrival at the Buchenwald camp, until ‘upon his release.
The manuscript, written in Yiddish under the title “Et le monde se taisait”, translated first into French then into English, was rejected by all the major Parisian and American publishers, despite the efforts of François Mauriac, until the day when the publishing house “Les éditions de Minuit” agreed to publish it.
Much more than an autobiography, an essay or a story, “La Nuit” is a separate text, undoubtedly the founder of whatwrite later, Elie Wiesel would but also a little key, a glimpse of what the deportation and survival in the death camps could have been.
Although this story is very harsh and very realistic, based on’s memoriesElie Wiesel, on his feelings, it is not possible for me to know and fully understand what the deportees experienced.
One can only try to go towards Auschwitz-Birkenau, to tend towards hell on earth that this camp, like so many others, represented.
I have been, and will remain, marked by this book for several reasons.
First of all, this is one of the first stories about life in the extermination camps that I read and I was taken by this reading, but especially surprised by the fact that the author managed to put words about what he has been through, even if these words do not always reflect his thoughts or what he has experienced (and who could blame him).
It was a short time between his return to life and the writing of this manuscript Night Audiobook , which is all the more admirable.
It all started in his hometown of Sighet, where despite Moshe’s warnings: “Jews, listen to me! That’s all I ask of you. No money, no pity. But let you listen to me. ! “, miraculous survivor of a mobile massacre, the inhabitants believe they are safe and that nothing will happen to them:” I no longer care about life. I am alone. But I wanted to come back and warn you. And there you have it: no one is listening to me … “.
But here it is, the story ends up catching up with them and after the ghettos it is the regrouping and the departure for an unknown destination: “A prolonged whistle pierced the air. The wheels began to squeak. We were on our way.”
This destination is Auschwitz-Birkenau, preceded by a terrible train journey.
During this trip, a person in the wagon, Mrs Schächter, who no doubt no longer has all her sanity, constantly warns them, as if she were becoming what was to become of them: “A fire! see a fire! I see a fire! “. Night Free Audiobook .And if no one believes it, the truth will impose itself on their arrival: “this time we saw flames coming out of a high chimney, in the black sky.”
The author then recounts the selection upon arrival: “Someone began to recite the Qaddish, the prayer for the dead. I do not know if it has ever happened in the long history of the Jewish people that men recite the prayer of the dead on themselves. “”, the warnings of the detainees, the luck (so to speak) which made him pass from the line of the condemned to the gas chamber and the crematoria to the selection for the Monowitz-Buna camp.
He then recounts his daily life, the hard work, the lack of food, the cold, the fear of selection, until the evacuation of the camp and the terrible death march until the Buchenwald camp and its liberation.
But the Elie Wiesel survivinghas nothing to do with the deported teenager from Sighet: “From the bottom of the mirror a corpse gazed at me. His gaze in my eyes never leaves me. ”
The author of Night Audiobook was able to transcribe his thoughts, including some very difficult scenes, not to say humanly unbearable.
Then, the tone used by Elie Wiesel contains no hatred, no grudge .
he does not judge, he recounts his experiences teenager with his father, hunger, deprivation, beatings, fear, selection, work and above all the dehumanization: “I became a-7713. I don’t have another name anymore. “And the loss of human dignity, which will lead him to leave his father dying as he calls him to his bedside.
He also has a deep reflection on religion and God.
Before these events, Elie Wiesel was very religious and studied the Jewish religion, particularly Kabbalah.
What he lived in this camp will have got the better of his belief in God, it is moreover a reflection sometimes reported by survivors and who asks questions about religion, its real meaning and the place of God.
During an execution, a detainee asks: “Where is God?”, inwardly Elie Wiesel replies: “Where is he? Here he is – he is hanged here, on this gallows … “.
But besides his revolt against God, it is also against humanity that he revolts, because all values are reversed (children beat adults, and even the most tender heart turns to stone, for the sole purpose of survival. No one thinks en masse, everyone thinks of themselves.
To write this, Elie Wiesel uses a fragmented narrative style, as if he had to write in urgency because it can disappear at any moment, and regularly changes points of view.I
was absolutely not bothered by this narrative style, on the contrary I find that it even serves the fluidity of the reading of this story.
If it was still necessary to demonstrate that it is not the number of pages of a book that makes its quality, this story byElie Wiesel of a little over a hundred pages is the perfect illustration. .
through this story, Elie Wiesel book reader of any age, of any nationality, any religion, a wonderful, exciting and poignant testimony of life in deportation.
It is a book that has deeply marked me, it is the testimony ofElie Wiesel on a part of his life and one of the darkest pages in the history of Humanity.
It is a unique book that will remain in History.