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Evil and Exile Hardcover – 30 Jun 1990


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press (30 Jun 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0268009228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268009229
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.3 x 23 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,014,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A voice of conscience for the Jewish people, Israel and Mankind 10 May 2009
By Shalom Freedman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The French journalist Phillippe de Saint- Cheron engages here in a dialogue with Elie Wiesel. Intelligently Saint- Cheron asks Wiesel the most significant, if often painful questions he could ask, regarding the Holocaust( Which Wiesel prefers to call the 'Hurban' , the name given to it by survivors themselves at the time of its happening) and man's inhumanity to man. Wiesel answers a whole range of political , and religious questions in a forthright and non- dogmatic way. Wiesel time and time again resists cliched- formulas his interrogator suggests. Instead Wiesel gives honest, logical, thoughtful and humane answers. When asked for instance about whether he regards his own having been saved as a miracle, Wiesel replies 'no'. He asks how his being saved could be regarded as miracle when so many others were not saved.
Wiesel speaks with passion about the commitment to Jewish history and memory. He speaks about the meaning of his role as witness to the greatest disaster the Jewish people have known, and what is arguably the worst manifestion of Evil Humanity has known, the attempt by the Nazis and their helpers to murder every Jew on earth, an attempt which led to the murder of six million people , one fourth of whom were under the age of eighteen. Wiesel speaks also about a wide variety of other human evils and tragedies. He speaks about the contradictory paradoxical character of witnessing , and breaking silence. He speaks about the Evils of apathy and indifference. He calls engagement with fellow human beings, engagement in resisting Evil. He speaks also about his own problematic paradoxical relation to God.
This is not an easy book to read emotionally. It focuses on the dark side of human nature, character and history. But the answers given by Wiesel, answers which are as often questions as not, are the answers of a humane, caring voice. There is a certain holiness in the presence of Wiesel and his way of speaking and thinking. Wisdom and courage are a part of this. But so too is his dedication to memory and truth , his love of his own family people and mankind.
A great man answers here time and again with question and wonder.
Any opportunity to be in his presence, any opportunity to read a book which he is a part of , I consider an honor and a blessing.
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