Excellent novel about the Holocaust. If you never had to read it for school, your school was stupid. Anyway, Elie and his father were in the concentration camps at Auschwitz. This short book is his recollection of what happened to them during that time. Mostly it was dehumanizing but what really made it horrific was how the victims lost faith in each other, most especially their family members. The people who are supposed to be their for you no matter what. And he felt burdened by his father. Values held dear are lost. This book will make you cry, mess with your head, change your life, and question everything. Just like every excellent book should.