Elie Wiesel, 1958
Yet young Wiesel and his father are told they are among the lucky as they escape the ovens and are taken to a work camp. The brevity of the narrative is in contrast to the immensity of suffering.
The value of Wiesel's account is that he takes us with him, allowing us to bear witness—at a safe distance. Through his straightforward prose style, devoid of emotionalism, we are exposed to profound human degradation. Yet we come away with an overwhelming sense of awe for human strength—the strengths of will, faith, and love—not only for those few survivors, like Wiesel, but for all those who perished.
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