With 16 pages of photographs.
"Nobel laureate Wiesel is the collective consciousness of the Holocaust, the premier voice of moral rectitude concerning the treatment of Jews in the twentieth century. With an expected poignancy and deft expressiveness and a commendable avoidance of self-righteousness, he turns now to memoir writing, revisiting the formative places, figures, and events in his life. Born in a "typical shtetl" in what was then Romania, Wiesel experienced the Holocaust firsthand in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Orphaned, he traveled to France upon war's end and there received his education. He embarked on a journalism career at the same time that Israel was established, and those two ever-so-important factors in his life were meshed when he was posted back to Paris and then to New York as a foreign correspondent for an Israeli newspaper. Journalism was an easy segue into bookwriting, and his latest one will be a source of supreme pleasure for his widespread readership. (Reviewed Oct. 15, 1995)0679439161Brad Hooper"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"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 callingto 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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