Upon arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau, his mother and sister were murdered within hours, while he was put to work as a slave labourer.
But what I found was something a bit different. The story opens with an introduction to what would seem an unlikely influence upon the young Elie — an eccentric old Kabbalist known only as Moshe the Beadle, a functionary of the Hasidic synagogue in Sighet. After all, the distant, disapproving father is a mainstay of the homosexual archetype.
Man questions God and God answers.
Because they come from the depths of the soul, and they stay there until death. You will find the true answers, Eliezer, only within yourself! I will say no more of this but to ask my readers to ruminate one last moment on the question of whether they would think appropriate such clandestine meetings as Wiesel describes with the Beadle if it were between their own child and a clergyman.
Elie Wiesel is a Kabbalist. As such, he identifies himself, as a Jew, to be in the aggregate synonymous with God Himself; he holds himself as the highest source of authority and arbiter of good on earth.
As an immigrant to the area, Moshe was caught up in the first of the Jewish deportations, aimed as they were early in the war, at foreign Jews only. Hungarian military loaded Moshe, along with other foreign Jews, onto trains bound for work camps in the forest of Galicia in Poland. But, after a few months, Moshe miraculously returned to Sighet with a tale of horror on his lips.
Door to door and ear to ear he went, telling any Jew who would listen that the deportation was not a deportation at all, but, courtesy of the Gestapo, an extermination campaign which laid every one of his fellow deportees in a mass grave somewhere in the forests of Poland.
Having been shot only in the leg, and mistaken for dead, Moshe crawled out of the pit as the sole survivor p. As an aside, we must mention that in spite of our knowledge that many Jews were shot and interred in mass graves toward the end of the war, all such mass graves of the time found to present have, at length, proven to be filled with the bodies of ethnic Germans, Hungarians, and Ukrainians, all killed by Soviets 4 — which is to say, killed by Jews.
They thought him mad pp. Now, his burden of proof seems unpacked easily enough if he had only presented the healing wound or scar on his leg where shot. But the plot thickens. As Elie tells it, Moshe had been gone months straddling the years and Aside from the presumed evidence of a gunshot wound, such a travail as Moshe described, if survivable, would leave marks upon a man so indelible that none would be able to dismiss his story without considerable investigation.
All of which is to say that Moshe came nowhere near meeting the burden of proof of things which would, in reality, have been impossible for the man to conceal. Elie strangely omits any consideration of these most pertinent matters. One rather subdued issue which also deserves some reflection is the way Elie talks of the Germans early on in the war, prior to any action against the Jews: Or, perhaps it was an attempt to cast the Jews as guileless to the point of naivete, and, therefore, all the more to be pitied?
The Jews were, according to Elie, completely at ease with the German, yet ever terrified of him. For the candid reader, this moves beyond tension and into contradiction.
And Elie repeatedly makes casual mention of the universal love for Bolshevism on the part of European Jewry e. This is apparently not a matter of controversy to the author, but taken entirely for granted: Though, when Gentiles, then or now, acknowledge the same thing — that the Jews were ostensibly all communist subversives — they are called anti-Semites for it.
He makes no mention of the fact that the Jews were, uniformly, a committed enemy insurgency, aiding, abetting, and generally comprising the leadership of the common enemy of all their host nations.
Oh well, what of it? Of what then did you die? What of school uniforms?
How were the Jews in the main, communist subversives more injured by wearing an armband than were the uniform-clad German soldiers dying in droves by communist bullets and bombs? This insinuation of injury by way of the yellow star is never really examined. Nor is it second-guessed.
It is merely asserted to have been some grievous injustice and injury in itself. Concomitant with their professed love of the Reds, their ghettos congealed into de facto kibbutzes — unabashed communes.
Of course, no one doubts the misery that these actions would visit upon the Jews, as all state action brought to bear against people, especially under the circumstance of war, tends toward the horrific.Elie Wiesel—Holocaust survivor, best-selling author, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient—has worked tirelessly to combat intolerance, injustice, and apathy.
Earlier this year, Wiesel was accosted by a Holocaust denier at a hotel in San Francisco.
NEW YORK --Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, the Romanian-born Holocaust survivor whose classic "Night" became a landmark testament to the Nazis' crimes and launched Wiesel's long career as one of the Founded: Sep 18, “Night,” Elie Wiesel’s Enduring Testimony.
Elie Wiesel’s Night — brief and arresting — was one of the first ways America would learn about the Holocaust. Though Elie fell asleep that night in the knowledge that his father had suffered a fractured skull courtesy of a German truncheon, and though the old man’s body was carried away while Elie slept, Elie suggests that he was thrown alive into the crematory ovens (p.
). Holocaust survivor, humanitarian and author Elie Wiesel died today in his Manhattan home at the age of Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor & Nobel Laureate, Dies at 87 (Night) two years. Franklin writes that Night is the account of the year-old Eliezer, a "semi-fictional construct", told by the year-old Elie Wiesel.
This allows the year-old to tell his story from "the post-Holocaust vantage point" of Night's readers.