Elie Wiesel

Arthur J. Magida

in Opening the Doors of Wonder

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245457
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941717 | DOI:
Elie Wiesel

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This chapter describes the experince of Elie Wiesel and his experience with bar mitzvah. Wiesel is a Romanian-born Jewish-American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor. He is the author of 57 books, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald concentration camps, and is also the Advisory Board chairman of the Algemeiner Journal newspaper. While working as a journalist in Paris for an Israeli newspaper, Wiesel interviewed the French writer François Mauriac, who started talking about the suffering of Christ. He exploded: “Ten years ago, I knew hundreds of Jewish children who suffered more than Christ, and no one talks about it.” With that, Wiesel wept, and the decade-old dam inside him started crumbling. He began writing. Incessantly, first an 800-page memoir came. Wiesel winnowed that down to the 127 pages of Night, which contains the most widely quoted passage in Holocaust literature.

Keywords: Elie Wiesel; bar mitzvah; Night; Holocaust survivor; Jewish-American writer

Chapter.  3209 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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