From the Kingdom of Memory: Reminiscences

From the Kingdom of Memory: Reminiscences

by Elie Wiesel
     
 

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"One of the great writers of our generation" (The New Republic) weaves together memories of his life before the Holocaust and his great struggle to find meaning afterwards. Included are Wiesel's landmark speeches, among them his powerful testimony at the trial of Klaus Barbie and his 1986 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.See more details below

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"One of the great writers of our generation" (The New Republic) weaves together memories of his life before the Holocaust and his great struggle to find meaning afterwards. Included are Wiesel's landmark speeches, among them his powerful testimony at the trial of Klaus Barbie and his 1986 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In these moving essays and speeches, Wiesel swings between outbursts of eloquence and the quiet, insightful conversations one might share with an old friend. His searing account of a trip to Auschwitz, Treblinka and Birkenau, many years after the war, encapsulates the enormity of the Holocaust. In another essay he castigates ``revisionist'' scholars who would explain away Hitler's crimes by lumping them with Stalin's. Included are his plea to former president Reagan not to visit Bitburg cemetery, his testimony at the trial of Nazi murderer Klaus Barbie and his 1986 Nobel lecture in Oslo, a dark meditation on the fanaticism, racism and political repression rampant in the world. On a more personal note, Wiesel revisits the Transylvanian town where he grew up, poignantly recalling his simple, unquestioning boyhood faith. Other pieces deal with friendship, Jewish rituals, Hitler's perversion of language, and the modern predicament--``knowledge has replaced love, machines have killed imagination.'' (Aug.)
School Library Journal
YA-- Several essays, including Wiesel's Nobel lecture and address, appear here for the first time. Jews dying in the Holocaust made one plea to survivors: Remember! These reminiscences join Wiesel's body of writing in carrying out that imperative. The book is an essential purchase for YA collections, not only for Holocaust studies but also for the majestic literary power of this major author.--Judy Sokoll, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Booknews
A collection of Wiesel's personal essays and landmark speeches, first published by Summit Books in 1990. No bibliography or index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805210200
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/1995
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.64(d)

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