Celebrating Elie Wiesel: Stories, Essays, Reflections

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Elie Wiesel is a consummate storyteller, commentator on classic Jewish texts, human rights activist, university professor, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Celebrating Elie Wiesel presents stories, essays, and reflections that celebrate his extraordinary literary, moral, religious, and human rights contributions.
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Elie Wiesel is a consummate storyteller, commentator on classic Jewish texts, human rights activist, university professor, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Celebrating Elie Wiesel presents stories, essays, and reflections that celebrate his extraordinary literary, moral, religious, and human rights contributions.
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Presents 22 stories, essays, and reflections that celebrate Wiesel's literary, moral, religious, and human rights contributions. The contributors talk about the Nobel Peace Prize winner's novels, discuss his role as a Holocaust survivor, celebrate his struggles against injustice, even compare his work to that of Sophocles. The contributors include Alan Rosen, Alan M. Dershowitz, Ariel Dorfman, John K. Roth, Pnina Lahav, Vaclav Havel, and Cynthia Ozick. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780268008352
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Elie Wiesel: A Biblical Life
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Fiction: Stories and Critical Writing
As an Apple of the Eye 3
What I Always Knew 15
From Mt. Sinai to the Holocaust: Primo Levi and the Crisis of Science in The Periodic Table 19
The Specter of Eloquence: Reading the Survivor's Voice 41
Kafka and Kundera: Two Voices from Prague 57
Translation and Violence: Legacies of Benjamin 75
Commentary
Interpreting Catastrophe: Insights from the Halachic Literature on the Prague Fire of 1689 93
Rabbi Yose's Laundry: The History of a Flagrant Voice and the History of an Idea 113
Coming of Age in Kozienice: Malkah Shapiro's Memoir of Youth in the Sacred Space of a Hasidic Zaddik 123
Ethical and Religious Reflections
Helping Others to Be Free: Elie Wiesel and Talk about Religion in Public 143
The Languages of Mysticism: Negation, Paradox, and Silence 159
From Thebes to Auschwitz: Moral Responsibility in Sophocles and Wiesel 173
Towards an Ethics of Remembrance after the Shoah 203
Human and Civil Rights
Blaming the Victim: Can We Learn to Stop? Cancer as the Battleground 225
The Ache: A Re-Evaluation 235
Is Democracy for Everybody? A Swedish Perspective 267
The Holocaust, Nuremberg, and Human Rights: Elie Wiesel and the Struggle against Injustice in Our Time 279
"Who Is a Jew": A Tale of Fathers and Daughters 297
Literacy, the Internet, and the Global Village 311
Concluding Meditations
The Holocaust Experience as a State of Mind 319
In Memory of Our Holocaust Victims 331
Afterword 335
Contributors 339
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