United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

How is the Holocaust Relevant Today?

Do you remember the first time you read Elie Wiesel's Night? Please share your memories of reading this book, and its impact on you. What do you think is the continuing relevance of reading books such as Night?

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June 02, 2006 05:37 PM

I have read and re-read Wiesel's Night and his other books many times. Each time I read them they are new to me -- I identified first with the uncertainty and fear of an unknowing child and then with the fear and uncertainty of an adult who must protect children. Wiesel's beautiful writing coupled with the pain of his experience is the perfect blend to wake the inner spirit of all human beings.

When the mothers of the world rise up and begin to demand that every one understand that we are all someone's beloved child, then perhaps we will begin to eliminate the inhumanity of man.


June 02, 2006 12:03 PM

Sultan, Washington

i think that Elie Wiesel is a very brave man. He went back to Auschwitz with Oprah, and I cannot even imagine what memories flashed back into his head. He had a great ammount of courage... and he is in fact a very brave man. See I dont even know him, but I feel like I have known him for my whole life. The Holocaust is my favorite part of History to learn about. I am interested the most in the Holocaust, and I do in fact know a lot about it. And my dream that I wish to come true before I die, is to actually sit down and have a talk with a Holocaust Survivor. Thats my dream.
Bless your heart Elie Wiesel. You are a brave and very great man. I would LOVE to meet you...


May 31, 2006 01:47 PM

The Holocaust will always be relevant in our world because of ignorance which produces hatred. As long as man treats his fellow man ihumanely, the Shoah will always be relevant.

Ashley Schuldt

May 30, 2006 09:25 PM

I'm so sorry. I didn't know it would be this horrifying,but I'm very proud of those who made it and especcialy you. Someone I know fought against the Germans who were running the Holocaust. His name is Kenney, but I forgot his last name. I tried to let him tell me about it, but he won't tell me. If he does he'll cry and I don"t want him to do that. Congradulations of you being the Holocaust survivor.


May 30, 2006 05:19 PM

I think that Elie Wiesel was very brave to write a personal account of what he experienced in the many concentration camps in which he was deported to, the most horrible being Auschwitz-Berkinau. Words can't even begin to fill young minds of the autrocities and unspeakable crimes committed at each concentration camp that existed during 1933-1946. But because of Elie Wiesel and his memoir "Night," we can teach people about the Holocaust and how this horror should never ever be allowed to happen again. The Holocaust may be over but the horrible mark it left behind will never be forgotten.

Mrs. Susan Snediker

May 30, 2006 01:00 PM

You Were

You were here once.

You dreamt and cried and laughed and sang.

You were filled with life once.

Praying, loving, sleeping...waking.

You were,

A mother
A father
A girl
A boy
A sister
A brother
A grandmother
A grandfather
An aunt
An uncle
A cousin
A niece
A nephew
A friend
A lover
A teacher
A Rabbi
A neighbor
A child of G-D.

You were.

And I will remember you.

Even if our paths never crossed
Kept apart by time,
even by a century.

I will remember,
You were.

Frances Herring

May 30, 2006 11:58 AM

Kinston, North Carolina

As an English teacher, I have taught Night numerous times. Yet, each time, I tear up in class. I taped Oprah's interview with Mr. Wiesel at Auschwitz and I cried like a baby in front of my class as we watched it together. I struggle with teaching empathy, but maybe teaching through example is the best way? Mr. Wiesel teaches me to empathize and reach out to those who continue to suffer needlessly to this very day. We have so much to be grateful for and, undoubtedly, Mr. Wiesel and Ms. Winfrey are teaching us that lesson.
THank you.


May 28, 2006 01:47 AM

i think he was a very brave man to go back to the place with oprah

stephanie May

May 27, 2006 01:39 PM

Hi everyone.

I have read the book night by Ellie weiseal and other books by surviviors. I only hope that the world never forgets and understands that what happened is no joke.
I admire the survivors for writing and speaking out about what they went through. You guys are my heroes and I admire your strength.

May the world never forget. They stories will always remain in my heart and I will never forget. I promise all the living and the ones who died that.

with love always

Laura Simmons

May 27, 2006 11:40 AM

Staten Island, New York

I was inspired to write this poem after reading Night and after listening to Elie Wiesel speak with Oprah Winfrey. It is about any aspect of mans' inhumanity to man, or mans' inhumanity to himself, by choosing to live a life of violence, drugs, etc.

The Darkness
The darkness is not physical
But an evil beast that invades the soul.
No, not even a beast,
For a beast has eyes, has ears, has a heart,
Even if a cold one.

It is a thing.
A terrible, crawling, snaking thing
That once enters, will never leave,
Can never leave,
And changes one forever.

This thing, part hatred, part madness,
Consumes every ounce of being,
Until the being can no longer protest
But must remain in its strangled silence.

This thing does not kill easy.
It is cruel, and enjoys the killing.
It takes pleasure in seeing a human enter
inside it,
And slowly, methodically, robs his dignity,
his love, his laughter,
his hope,
Until he is a human no longer.

I saw a child ensnared in this darkness,
An old man, a young man, an old woman,
a young woman,
Then many children, old men, young men, old
women, young women,
Too numerous to count.

They saw the darkness closing in on them
And cried out:
"No! Mommy, daddy, darling, lover, friend,
Take this thing away from me!
I don't want it!
Help me step back out into the light!"

But the thing is merciless.
It only laughs, and does evil,
Until one more soul is silenced.

Yet I heard a sacred whisper,
And the Whisperer said:
"We all have the power of love, of creation,
of goodness, of God inside
of us.
And this is the power that can destroy the
Destroy the thing forever."

So my question to humanity is:
Why don't we ever use it?

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