Wiesel survived Auschwitz, Buna, Buchenwald and Gleiwitz before the liberation of the camps in April 1945. Wiesel has since published over thirty books, earned the Nobel Peace Prize.
Elie Wiesel’s statement, “…to remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all…” stands as a succinct summary of his views on life and serves as the driving force of his work. Wiesel is the author of 36 works dealing with Judaism, the Holocaust, and the moral responsibility of all people to fight hatred, racism and genocide. Due to a fateful car accident in New York in 1956, Wiesel spent a year confined to a wheelchair.
The choice of La Nuit (Night) as the title of Elie Wiesel’s documentary work is propitious in that it epitomizes both physical darkness and the darkness of the soul. Because young Elie and his father observe the sacrifice of a truckload of children in a fiery ditch and watch the flaming corpses light up the night sky at Birkenau, the darkness evokes multiple implications. The crisply methodical work of the Nazi death camps spreads over night and day and actualizes the fanatical intent of Hitler to wipe out all traces of European Jewry.
Night was written by Elie Wiesel. It was first published in 1956.