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“Powerful [and] emotional.”
“A voice that is humanist and universal even as it is Jewish-minded and special . . . The author makes all of us ‘children’ of that generation.”
—The New York Times
Reuven Tamiroff, a Holocaust survivor, has never been able to speak about his past to his son, a young man who yearns to understand his father’s silence. As campuses burn amidst the unrest of the Sixties and his own generation rebels, the son is drawn to his father’s circle of wartime friends in search of clues to the past. Finally discovering that his brooding father has been haunted for years by his role in the murder of a brutal SS officer just after the war, young Tamiroff learns that the Nazi is still alive. Haunting, poetic, and very contemporary, The Fifth Son builds to an unforgettable climax as the son sets out to complete his father’s act of revenge.
Elie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The author of more than fifty internationally acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, he is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and University Professor at Boston University.
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When Elie Wiesel writes of Ariel, the Angel, the Jewish child of Davarowsk, he is writing about himself. He is writing about the child that was killed by Auschwitz and the Nazi's. He is describing the Angel that was reborn from that experience which allowed him to sustain his personal journey. It is a phenomenal read as he shares his most ugly and horrifying personal experience with the reader in this work of fiction. The prisoner of the dead Jews of Davarowsk is Elie Wiesel. He is a prisoner of the dead Jews of Auschwitz. He saved himself by having faith in himself...there was litte evidence of God in Davarowsk and no evidence of God in Auschwitz. This is fascinating and quite moving to watch this unfold before your eyes as you read it. It is autobiographical when he writes that he has called upon all those whose destinies that have fashioned mine. He in fact, in order to survive, did indeed have to mobilize all the resources of his energy, imagination and memory to sustain his belief in God.......and himself. Ultimately, Ariel, the living Angel that arose from the ashes of Auschwitz and Davarowsk, saved him......and as result, Ariel is alive to save humanity.