What kinds of impact does Elie Wiesel's biography Night have on readers?

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If I were writing a letter to tell Elie Wiesel how his biography Night has impacted me, I would have to explain several reactions to his story.

First, I am thankful that he wrote his story. It could not have been easy, which is why he waited so long after the experience to write it; however, it is a story about something most of us were not witnesses to, so it is important that those who did witness it in any form tell their story.

For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living. He has no right to deprive future generations of a past that belongs to our collective memory. To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time. 

We (the world) may not all learn the lessons we should learn from it, but some will and there is hope in that. If he had not written, I would not know.

Second, he reminds me to forgive. As we read, we know that he has so many more reasons to...

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