Evil and Exile Hardcover – 30 Jun 1990
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About the Author
Michaël de Saint Cheron is an archivist with the Museum of France and a well-known author and journalist. The premier specialist on Elie Wiesel in the French language, Michaël de Saint Cheron is also a member of the French PEN club and works in the office of the Ile de France regional cultural affairs in Paris. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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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