All Rivers Run to the Sea: Memoirs

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In this first volume of his two-volume autobiography, Wiesel takes us from his childhood memories of a traditional and loving Jewish family in the Romanian village of Sighet through the horrors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald and the years of spiritual struggle, to his emergence as a witness for the Holocaust's martyrs and survivors and for the State of Israel, and as a spokesman for humanity.  With 16 pages of black-and-white photographs.

"From the abyss of the death camps Wiesel has ...

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Overview

In this first volume of his two-volume autobiography, Wiesel takes us from his childhood memories of a traditional and loving Jewish family in the Romanian village of Sighet through the horrors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald and the years of spiritual struggle, to his emergence as a witness for the Holocaust's martyrs and survivors and for the State of Israel, and as a spokesman for humanity.  With 16 pages of black-and-white photographs.

"From the abyss of the death camps Wiesel has come as a messenger to mankind--not with a message of hate and revenge, but with one of brotherhood and atonement."
--From the citation for the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805210286
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 302,983
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Elie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The author of more than forty internationally acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, he is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and University Professor at Boston University.


Biography

"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky." Since the publication of this passage in Night, Elie Wiesel has devoted his life to ensuring that the world never forgets the horrors of the Holocaust, and to fostering the hope that they never happen again.

Wiesel was 15 years old when the Nazis invaded his hometown of Sighet, Romania. He and his family were taken to Auschwitz, where his mother and the youngest of his three sisters died. He and his father were later transported to Buchenwald, where his father died shortly before Allied forces liberated the camp in 1945. After the war, Wiesel attended the Sorbonne in Paris and worked for a while as a journalist. He met the Nobel Prize-winning writer Francois Mauriac, who helped persuade Wiesel to break his private vow never to speak of his experiences in the death camps.

During a long recuperation from a car accident in New York City in 1956, Wiesel decided to make his home in the United States. His memoir Night, which appeared two years later (compressed from an earlier, longer work, And the World Remained Silent), was initially met with skepticism. "The Holocaust was not something people wanted to know about in those days," Wiesel later said in a Time magazine interview.

But eventually the book drew recognition and readers. "A slim volume of terrifying power" (The New York Times), Night remains one of the most widely read works on the Holocaust. It was followed by over 40 more books, including novels, essay collections and plays. Wiesel's writings often explore the paradoxes raised by his memories: he finds it impossible to speak about the Holocaust, yet impossible to remain silent; impossible to believe in God, yet impossible not to believe.

Wiesel has also worked to bring attention to the plight of oppressed people around the world. "When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant," he said in his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. "Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must -- at that moment -- become the center of the universe."

Though lauded by many as a crusader for justice, Wiesel has also been criticized for his part in what some see as the commercialization of the Holocaust. In his 2000 memoir And the Sea Is Never Full, Wiesel shares some of his own qualms about fame and politics, but reiterates what he sees as his duty as a survivor and witness:

''The one among us who would survive would testify for all of us. He would speak and demand justice on our behalf; as our spokesman he would make certain that our memory would penetrate that of humanity. He would do nothing else.''

Good To Know

Use of the term "Holocaust" to describe the extermination of six million Jews and millions of other civilians by the Nazis is widely thought to have originated in Night.

Two of Wiesel's subsequent works , Dawn and The Accident, form a kind of trilogy with Night. "These stories live deeply in all that I have written and all that I am ever going to write," the author has said.

President Jimmy Carter appointed Wiesel to be chairman of the President's Commission on the Holocaust in 1978. In 1980, Wiesel became founding chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He is also the founding president of the Paris-based Universal Academy of Cultures and cofounder of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.

Since 1969, Marion Wiesel has translated her husband Elie's books from French into English. They live in New York City and have one son.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Eliezer Wiesel (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 30, 1928
    2. Place of Birth:
      Sighet, Romania
    1. Education:
      La Sorbonne

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2003

    A moving human document

    Elie Weisel is a spokesman for man's humanity to man, and a spokesman for the Jewish people and their modern history. This story of part of his life is as all his writing profound and insightful. This work is recommended highly for all those who wish to know modern Jewish history, and who too would know and understand a great voice for human goodness.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    GREAT BOOK!

    Like most of Elie Wiesel's writings this is also a must read. He reminds us of one of the most brutal times in the world's history. These are things that we must never forget..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Gc

    Drizzlekit splashed around in the river laughing loudly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Moonpaw

    She's gonna be a mother...and the guy who did her was her ex boyfriend. Now im scared of my ex, who's his best friend...)) He purred and nuzzled her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Hi

    &rho

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Spottedfawn

    She jumped into the river and swam around. Then she got out ans paded back to camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Lavenderpaw

    She sits at the edge of the stream watching the fish swim by. Suddenly she plunged into the water and went under. Two minutes later she came up with a medium sized trout in her jaw. She pinned it to the ground and gave it a swift bite to the neck. The fish twitched once then went limp. She proudly picked up her prize and trotted back to camp. -Lav &#9829

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    Posted May 11, 2014

    Go to 'erin hunter' first result

    And tap on the post 'this is not an ad. This is extremely important.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Rabbitflight

    "This is the stream. I love swimming."

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    Posted May 11, 2014

    Owlpaw

    "Ok."

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    Posted May 11, 2014

    Emberstreak

    Now try it on me, Owlpaw." She said

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    Good Book

    It was interestkng.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Oof...] Coalpaw

    I gtg.

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    Posted April 22, 2014

    Willowpaw

    Im sorry but i gtg... my nook is making all the letters words and well... everything look fuzzy and now my eyes hurt.

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    Posted April 22, 2014

    Windpaw

    She pads to result 16

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Sunpelt

    Nuzzles her while purring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Roseheart

    Swims in the stream

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Hollyflower

    Stares undisturbded at the fish in one fluent movement she grabs a fish and tosses it to the ground satisfied dhe pads back to camp with the fish

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    EmberClan Stream

    Catch fish here, or go for a swim!

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