The book that will be discussed, via Zoom, on Wednesday, April 21, will be Night, by Elie Wiesel. Night is Wiesel’s harrowing account of his experiences in Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps during 1944-45.
When he was 15, Wiesel and his family were taken from their home in Sighet, Romania, and transported to Auschwitz, where Wiesel and his father were immediately separated from his mother and three sisters. Wiesel was able to stay with his father until his father’s death shortly before the end of WWII. In Night, Wiesel not only describes the experiences he and his father endured, he explores the impact of those experiences on his views of God and humanity. Night has been described as “required reading for all humanity,” and as a “slim volume of terrifying power.”
Elie Wiesel was an author, professor, and political activist. After WWII, he studied at the Sorbonne, and became a journalist, writing for Israeli and French Newspapers. In 1955, Wiesel moved to the United States as a foreign correspondent for an Israeli newspaper. Beginning in the 1970’s he became a professor, teaching at Boston University, the City University of New York, Yale and Columbia.
Wiesel wrote 57 books, many of them nonfiction works about the Holocaust. He was awarded numerous literary and humanitarian awards, including the Grand Prize in Literature from the City of Paris (1983), the Nobel Peace Prize (1986), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1992), an honorary Knighthood in the United Kingdom (2006), and the Norman Mailer Prize (2011). He received honorary degrees from more than 90 universities and colleges.
Les Sinclair will lead the discussion, which will take place via Zoom, on Wednesday, April 21, beginning at 7 p.m. Cannon Beach Reads plans to meet via Zoom on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. until in-person meetings are again possible. New members are always welcome. If you would like to participate, contact Joe Bernt at firstname.lastname@example.org.