Conversations with Elie Wiesel

Conversations with Elie Wiesel is a far-ranging dialogue with the Nobel Peace Prize-winner on the major issues of our time and on life’s timeless questions.

Author: Elie Wiesel

Publisher: Schocken

ISBN: 9780307518156

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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Conversations with Elie Wiesel is a far-ranging dialogue with the Nobel Peace Prize-winner on the major issues of our time and on life’s timeless questions. In open and lively responses to the probing questions and provocative comments of Richard D. Heffner—American historian, noted public television moderator/producer, and Rutgers University professor—Elie Wiesel covers fascinating and often perilous political and spiritual ground, expounding on issues global and local, individual and universal, often drawing anecdotally on his own life experience. We hear from Wiesel on subjects that include the moral responsibility of both individuals and governments; the role of the state in our lives; the anatomy of hate; the threat of technology; religion, politics, and tolerance; nationalism; capital punishment, compassion, and mercy; and the essential role of historical memory. These conversations present a valuable and thought-provoking distillation of the thinking of one of the world’s most important and respected figures—a man who has become a moral beacon for our time.
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Elie Wiesel

This book focuses on Wiesel the literary artist instead of Wiesel the Holocaust survivor or the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Author: Elie Wiesel

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1578065038

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 205

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Elie Wiesel has given hundreds of interviews. Yet his fame as a human rights advocate often directs such conversations toward non-literary issues. Indeed, many of Wiesel's questioners barely address the writer's role that has defined him since the 1950s. Unlike previous volumes in which he speaks with interviewers, Elie Wiesel: Conversations collects interviews which set in relief the writer at work. This book focuses on Wiesel the literary artist instead of Wiesel the Holocaust survivor or the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Beyond highlighting Wiesel's literary significance, these interviews also correct many faulty assumptions about his achievement. Few American readers know that he writes in French, that he has been favorably compared to André Malraux and Albert Camus. Not many realize that the Holocaust has been the subject of only a few of his forty books. Particularly in his nonfiction, Wiesel's scope is wide, addressing Jewish life in all its religious and historical complexity. Though most of Wiesel's books do not focus on the Holocaust, they are written against the backdrop of what he has come to term "The Event." Always, the presence of Auschwitz can be felt, always the author "lives in the shadows of the flames that once illuminated and blinded him." These interviews are reminders that the writing life is both solitary and public, interior and social. The writer must venture beyond his study and speak out against the world's traumas and outrages. Robert Franciosi is an associate professor of English at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. He is the editor of Good Morning: A Holocaust Memoir. His work has appeared in American Poetry, Contemporary Literature, Modern Jewish Studies, and the William Carlos Williams Review.
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Art of Inventing Hope

The Art of Inventing Hope offers an unprecedented, in-depth conversation between the world's most revered Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, and a son of survivors, Howard Reich.

Author: Howard Reich

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 9781641601375

Category: History

Page: 192

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The Art of Inventing Hope offers an unprecedented, in-depth conversation between the world's most revered Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, and a son of survivors, Howard Reich. During the last four years of Wiesel's life, he met frequently with Reich in New York, Chicago and Florida—and spoke often on the phone—to discuss the subject that linked them: both Wiesel and Reich's father, Robert Reich, were liberated from Buchenwald death camp on April 11, 1945. What had started as an interview assignment from the Chicago Tribune quickly evolved into a friendship and a partnership. Reich and Wiesel believed their colloquy represented a unique exchange between two generations deeply affected by a cataclysmic event. Wiesel said to Reich, "I've never done anything like this before." Here Wiesel—at the end of his life—looks back on his ideas and writings on the Holocaust, synthesizing them in his conversations with Reich. The insights that Wiesel offered and Reich illuminates can help the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors understand their painful inheritance, while inviting everyone else to partake of Wiesel's wisdom on life, ethics and morality.
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Elie Wiesel

See Wiesel quoted in Cargas , ed . , Harry James Cargas in Conversation with Elie Wiesel , 111 . See Samuel G. Freedman , “ Bearing Witness : The Life and Work of Elie Wiesel , ” New York Times , 23 October 1983 ; Wiesel , And the Sea ...

Author: Frederick L. Downing

Publisher: Mercer University Press

ISBN: 0881460990

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 282

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This work focuses on the faith pilgrimage of a holocaust survivor. ""Elie Wiesel: A Religious Biography"" argues that Wiesel's religious faith is the driving force behind Wiesel's status as a moral authority - that he is essentially a generative religious personality, a poet-prophet - who deepened his own particular Jewish vision to eventually become a 'link' with humanity. In time, he begins to identify with the oppressed the world over in a stance of universalizing faith. As a religious genius and spiritual innovator of the post-modern era, Wiesel is a conflicted individual who joins his own personal and existential struggle for meaning and identity with the quest of the oppressed after the Holocaust. Through a social-scientific methodology similar to that of Erikson and Fowler, one sees Wiesel as a genuine 'homo religiosus' in quest of a universalizing perspective. Likewise through the work of Walter Brueggemann on the 'poet-prophet', Wiesel's literary code is described as that of Jeremiah: 'shattering', 'evoking', and 'enacting'. Indeed, Wiesel has followed the code of Jeremiah ben Hilkiah. Wiesel's early writing 'shattered' the Western conception of normalcy. His work 'evoked' a world that a later generation could not imagine, yet he eventually began to 'evoke' a new way of being religious in the post-modern world. The final aspect of his 'poetics' is his praxis orientation of 'enacting' - the living out of his faith - that has pushed him to travel to the jungles and ghettoes of the world to identify with the oppressed the world over. An encounter with Wiesel presents the possibility that the world has now become Jewish, in Wiesel's terms, now solidarity must be extended to oppressed persons everywhere.
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Elie Wiesel and the Art of Storytelling

John S. Friedman, “The Art of Fiction LXXIX: Elie Wiesel,” in Elie Wiesel: Conversations, ed. Robert Franciosi (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2002), 82. 2. Harry James Cargas, Harry James Cargas in Conversation with Elie ...

Author: Rosemary Horowitz

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786482680

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 242

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Elie Wiesel is a master storyteller with the ability to use storytelling as a form of activism. From his landmark memoir Night to his novels and numerous retellings of Hasidic legends, Wiesel’s literature emphasizes storytelling, and he frequently refers to himself as a storyteller rather than an author or historian. In this work, essays examine Wiesel’s roots in Jewish storytelling traditions; influences from religious, folk, and secular sources; education; Yiddish background; Holocaust experience; and writing style. Emphasized throughout is Wiesel’s use of multiple sources in an effort to reach diverse audiences.
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Harry James Cargas in Conversation with Elie Wiesel

Harry J. Cargas, Elie Wiesel. being shattered but I was , nevertheless , magnetized to the experience . I read and re - read all of Wiesel's work that became available to me . He appeared to be writing specifically for me .

Author: Harry J. Cargas

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105002579642

Category: Authors, French

Page: 126

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Elie Wiesel

In discussion Wiesel told me that problems occur when men claim to act in God's name or when they claim to be God. One further preliminary observation distinguishes Wiesel's understanding of authentic dialogue; it always includes ...

Author: Alan L. Berger

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532649509

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 132

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Elie Wiesel, plucked from the ashes of the Holocaust, became a Nobel Peace laureate, an activist on behalf of the oppressed, a teacher, an award-winning novelist, and a renowned humanist. He moved easily among world leaders but was equally at home among the disenfranchised. Following his Nobel Prize, Wiesel established the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity; one of their early initiatives was the founding of the Elie Wiesel Ethics Essay Contest. The reflections in this volume come from judges of the contest. They share their personal and professional experiences working with and learning from Wiesel, providing a glimpse of the person behind the public figure. At a time when the future seems ominous and chaotic at best, these reflections hold on to the promise of an ethically and morally robust possibility. The students whose essays prompt this sense of hope are remarkable for their insight and dedication. The messages embedded in the judges’ reflections mirror Wiesel’s convictions about the importance of friendship, the need to interrogate (without abandoning) God, and the power of remembrance in order to fight indifference.
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Elie Wiesel s Night

Cargas, Harry J. Harry James Cargas in Conversation with Elie Wiesel. New York: Paulist Press, 1976. An interview with Wiesel about his life and work. Cargas, Harry J., ed. Responses to Elie Wiesel: Critical Essays by Major Jewish and ...

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438119151

Category: Authors, French

Page: 135

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Discusses the characters, plot and writing of Night by Elie Wiesel. Includes critical essays on the novel and a brief biography of the author.
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The Struggle for Understanding

Books analyzed include the novels Dawn, The Forgotten, The Gates of the Forest, The Town Beyond the Wall, The Testament, The Time of the Uprooted, The Sonderberg Case, and Hostage, as well as his memoir, Night.

Author: Victoria Nesfield

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438475479

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 316

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An in-depth look at Elie Wiesel’s writings, from his earliest works to his final novels. Elie Wiesel (1928–2016) was one of the most important literary voices to emerge from the Holocaust. The Nazis took the lives of most of his family, destroyed the community in which he was raised, and subjected him to ghettoization, imprisonment in Auschwitz and Buchenwald, and a death march. It is remarkable not only that Wiesel survived and found a way to write about his experiences, but that he did so with elegance and profundity. His novels grapple with questions of tradition, memory, trauma, madness, atrocity, and faith. The Struggle for Understanding examines Wiesel’s literary, religious, and cultural roots and the indelible impact of the Holocaust on his storytelling. Grouped in sections on Hasidic origins, the role of the Other, theology and tradition, and later works, the chapters cover the entire span of Wiesel’s career. Books analyzed include the novels Dawn, The Forgotten, The Gates of the Forest, The Town Beyond the Wall, The Testament, The Time of the Uprooted, The Sonderberg Case, and Hostage, as well as his memoir, Night. What emerges is a portrait of Wiesel’s work in its full literary richness. Victoria Nesfield is Research Coordinator in the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York, in the United Kingdom. Philip Smith is Professor of English at the Savannah College of Art and Design Hong Kong.
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