Elie Wiesel – Night

Tuesday, I read Elie Wiesel’s landmark work, Night, which recounts his days as a prisoner at Auschwitz as a little boy. It is among the most moving biographical accounts I’ve ever read. You can read it in about 3 hours. Well, well worth it.

Here are some quotes…

…I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human
beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality
helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never
the tormented.

…The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The
opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is
not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s

…"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in
camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and
seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the
little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke
beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my
faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me,
for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments
which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I
forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including: ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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