Night

@rmuxagirl (7559)
United States
December 20, 2006 12:51pm CST
With all this talk of the Holocaust didn't happen, and kids thinking nazism is cool. Do you think high school students should read autobiographies from Holocaust survivors like Elie Wiesel's "Night"? I read this my sophomore year of high school and it amazed me. I think everyone should read at least this novel.
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@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
21 Dec 06
Who is saying the Holocaust didn't happen? OMG!!! I can't believe anybody thinks nazism is cool either. That's awful. "The Diary of Anne Frank" would also make good reading. We did a play on this when I was high school. It's something I'll never forget.
@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I was always in the slow readers English classes, so I only got to read the shortened version of that. But I'm going to read that one soon on audio. I've watched the movie and wanted to read it for a long time now.
@rmuxagirl (7559)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I haven't gotten the chance to read that one yet, but I'm gonna try to get my hands on it.
• United States
22 Dec 06
At my highschool The Diary of Anne Frank was required reading in my english class. It really made an impression on me.
20 Dec 06
I believe that modern history should be a high priority, I truly believe that if the adults of the future learn the FACTS of what their parents and forefathers went through there would be a better chance of these atricities never happening again. I often read this type of book and visit memorials whenever I need to be brought back to reality.
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@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
22 Dec 06
How far do you go back for modern day? I think history of the Civil War, reconstruction, and beyond, is probably the most essential. Stuff farther back than that kind of doesn't make as much of an impact on students. I suppose all students should still learn how their countries were founded though and state history.
22 Dec 06
I think you are about right, but I think a little background knowledge of the more distant past also helps with your identity and gives a sense of how things have developed and why.
@jmcafam (2891)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I do think children these days need to know of the things in our history.Instead of sugar coating it for them they need to hear and read about what happend in those horrible times.I have not gotten the chance to read that book yet.I saw him on Oprah show and just got chills listening to what he had gone through to survive and the things he had to endure.
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@rmuxagirl (7559)
• United States
20 Dec 06
It brought me to tears both times I read it. I just couldn't believe that someone could do this to another human being. Thank you for your response.
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@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
22 Dec 06
We read that too and I think everyone should read it. I heard he has another book called "Dawn". Anyone read that? I was thinking of buying it on audio. My girlfriend is Jewish and asked me once at the bookstore if I'd read Night, otherwise, she was going to get it for me. She has many other books as well, but also found that one very important. My grandfather fought in WWII. I don't think he's lying and the history books and the survivors would be lying, and the photos. He told me it was very sad. Jewish people are people just like anyone else.
@rmuxagirl (7559)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I have heard of it, and Day was well. I'm going to try to get those ones as well. My pap was in WW2 also. I don't understand how some people could say it didn't happen...but then again it's the constracy theory people that say it.
@katyzzz (2902)
• Australia
1 Jan 07
Yes
@meeoww (1174)
• United States
30 Dec 06
I haven't had the chance to read Night, although "Diary of Anne Frank" was required in high school. It's amazing I'm just dumbfounded how people could say that it never happened. Also, I had one friend who, when "Schindler's List" came out, remarked that "it's so unnecessary to remind us of that era of history". Oh, and let history repeat itself? I think not!
@pendragon (3352)
• United States
29 Dec 06
A very good idea, a type of sensitivity training to defer hate and it's various and sundry crimes.Those who don't learn history are doomed to repeat it,no matter how horrible.You'd think no one would have to go through such hell for an intelligent next generation to understand it's terrible reprocussions.
• United States
29 Dec 06
Yes, I have read a lot of books on the Holocaust. I can't believe anyone could dream up the idea that it never happened. Not only do I think they should be required to read about it but they should also get to meet someone who was there like a survivor or maybe a soldier who was there and saw the camps.
• United States
28 Dec 06
they probablly shouldnt .. if they cant handle it and try t o twist it around. but if it will help them understand then its a good thing.
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
28 Dec 06
It should be required reading for everyone, everywhere. I'm not sure about reading it in tenth grade though. I don't think enough students are ready for it. To those who are, it's a profound book. But for so many, they react with utter apathy. I think because Elie Wiesel was 15 when he went through this experience, many educators think it's a good book for 15 year olds. But I'm not quite sure. I think it should be a senior level book.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
21 Dec 06
Yes, I think all high school students should read autobiographies from Holocaust survivors. I also think high school students should read autobiographies of American Indians, such as Geronimo, and anyone else who's story hasn't been incorporated into the dominant culture's propoganda.
@caribe (2465)
• United States
21 Dec 06
Yes, I think it should be required reading. We all need to know what has happened in the past so there will be less chance of it happening in the future. It is easier for some people just to refuse to believe something so awful than to live with the fact that it did happen and should never happen again.