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A young journalist steps off a curb and into the path of a speeding taxicab. Is it an accident? Or has a tormented past driven Eliezer, a survivor of the German death camps, to attempt suicide? Gravely injured, torn between choosing life and death, Eliezer relives the horrors of Auschwitz, remembers the tragedy of a child forced into prostitution by the Nazis, and puzzles over his passionate affair with a beautiful woman he cannot love. Told with the true voice of a witness, The Accident portrays one man's quest ...

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A young journalist steps off a curb and into the path of a speeding taxicab. Is it an accident? Or has a tormented past driven Eliezer, a survivor of the German death camps, to attempt suicide? Gravely injured, torn between choosing life and death, Eliezer relives the horrors of Auschwitz, remembers the tragedy of a child forced into prostitution by the Nazis, and puzzles over his passionate affair with a beautiful woman he cannot love. Told with the true voice of a witness, The Accident portrays one man's quest to understand the catastrophe that befell him, his family, and his people.

Was an Auschwitz survivor's accident actually a suicide attempt? This is the gripping story of one man's quest to understand the catastrophe that befell him.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553581706
  • Publisher: Bantam Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1982
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • Lexile: 480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 6.94 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel
Since his unprecedented memoir Night woke up the world to the atrocities of the Holocaust in 1958, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel has dedicated his days to turning his survival story from one of horror to one of hope. From several works inspired by his experience to his insightful reflections in After the Darkness, Wiesel’s work serves to both admonish and inspire.

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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  • Posted December 15, 2010

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    ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ!

    The Accident by Elie Wiesel is a great book. I highly recommend it to all ages. The book is by far one of the most amazing books I have ever read and it taught me a lot about some people's lives in depressing situations. This story really made me keep reading and to not want to put the book down. It is a very memorable story about Elie and his life experiences after the liberation of the German death camps in World War II. In the story Elie is hit by a taxi cab and is immobilized in a hospital while trying to survive from this accident and going back and forth between life and death. This in time slowly makes Elie exclude himself from life. His girlfriend and his other friends try and help him catch back on with life and help him figure out how to love life again. Elie goes back and forth about being in touch with god through out the story. I would recommend this book to everyone. I say this because I think everyone would learn and look at life from a different perspective then people usually would. I think this because this book communicates the true feeling of another person's life and what some people go through in situations of hurt and depression within them. So therefore I think everyone should read Elie Wiesel's book The Accident to be taught about someone else's life experiences. Overall this was one of the best books I have ever read and I hope everyone can read and learn about what Elie went through in this time period of his life.

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