Dragged through the horrors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Elie Wiesel emerged a bloodless adolescent, a mute spirit, with no homeland. In this passionate, poignant, and inspiring book, the Nobel Peace Laureate looks back at those years and what followed, including his search for love despite human evil and his deep devotion to Israel. of photos.Dragged through the horrors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Elie Wiesel emerged a bloodless adolescent, a mute spirit, with no homeland. In this passionate, poignant, and inspiring book, the Nobel Peace Laureate looks back at those years and what followed, including his search for love despite human evil and his deep devotion to Israel. of photos.Read Less
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I first heard of Elie Wiesel in 1979 as a college freshman in a course on literature that I only slightly remember with the exception of one required reading. The book was Night by Elie Wiesel. I read it from beginning to end without stopping. I could not put it down. I have been an avid reader beyond my memory. I have read all of Elie Wiesel's work and followed his journey through life ever since that day. Memoirs: All Rivers Run to the Sea is bittersweet in that it takes us back to that night in which Elie Wiesel has made a vow "Never shall I forget that night ... Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, ... Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. ..." What can I say about Elie Wiesel? As an American living in a country that strives for freedom, a Christian, woman, wife, mother, sister, colleague, friend, neighbor and person in need at times; I can vow that I will never forget Elie Wiesel and the gift he has given the world through his writing and humanitarian efforts. I will continue to give a copy of "Night" as a gift within my circle of life. 'Night' is the perfect introductory book of Wiesel's for advanced high school or college freshman and will establish a format for avid and interested readers to work their way through to his Memoirs.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-10-16 Wiesel's immensely moving, unforgettable memoir has the searing intensity of his novels and autobiographical tales. Before his family was arrested by Nazis in their Romanian village and transported by cattle car to Auschwitz in 1944, the devout, studious future Nobel Peace laureate had plunged into Jewish mysticism, hoping that his Kabbalistic prayers and formulas might ward off impending tragedy. In the concentration camps, he came to know his formerly aloof and deeply loved father, Shlomo, a rabbi, whose death in Buchenwald in 1945 left Wiesel, then 16, numb. Living in a French orphanage, he learned of the deaths of his mother and younger sister, and was reunited with the two sisters who survived. Wiesel, who gradually recovered his religious fervor, wrestles with the problem of having faith in the post-Holocaust era. As a Paris-based journalist aiding the Jewish resistance movement in Palestine, he discovered his callingæto testify to Nazi genocide, to justify his own survival. Moving to New York in the mid-1950s as correspondent for an Israeli paper, he covered civil rights struggles, the Eichmann trial in Israel and the 1967 Six Day War, befriended Golda Meir and David Ben-Gurion and supported persecuted Soviet Jews. His ascetic bachelor existence ended when he fell in love with and married Marion in 1969. He writes also of his formative friendships with Yiddish poet/thinker Abraham Yeoshua Heschel, Talmudic scholars Gershom Scholem and Saul Leiberman and itinerant mystic rabbi Mordechai Rosenbaum (``Shushani''). This haunting, impassioned book will make you cry yet, somehow, leave you renewed, with a cautious hope for humanity's future. Photos. First serial to Parade. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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