Elie Wiesel is an internationally renowned writer and Holocaust survivor. His expansive collection of work is all derived from his first book, which is called 'Night'. It is the foundation for all of Wiesel's works and shared ideas. His ideas, which centralize around a bluntly honest look at life and the surrounding world, have emerged into the minds of countless readers through Wiesel's consistent use of questioning in his stories. With questions evident in the texts themselves, the overall messages drawn from his works have always been open-ended observations, which are accessible and analyzable to all. Wiesel's success is all part of a deliberate motive, which is fueled by distinct artistic morals formulated to help shape his challenging ideas to be widely read and studied.
An astounding personal history, as a writer and public figure, has made Wiesel a relatable and trustworthy figure around the world. After spending the first part of his life living overseas, Wiesel's literary influence spread to America and has continued expanding ever since. He uses the experience of the Jews, during the Holocaust, as a catalyst towards inspiring others to prevent and protest any and all sorts of victimization. In its evidently extensive sphere of influence, 'Night' will continue to be a fight for equality, and a representation of Elie Wiesel as a great mind, for years to come. Its recognition has struck countless educational studies and courses. 'Night', as the core of Wiesel's written philosophy, has ignited a global consciousness raising awareness regarding victimization, which has continued to be fueled by his subsequent works and expansive following.
[...] Wiesel's urge to have these ideas live on is evident as lives with a sense of not yet having done enough about the things that matter most to him.”(Rosenfeld) Wiesel tailors his continued fight against victimization around being an example for a morally enlightened figure. His interviews and his writing have consistently shown a zero tolerance perception of the concept. Just as the passion behind his wisdom will live on for years to come, Wiesel keeps his history close as a point of reference for sending the right message. [...]
[...] James Young says of Wiesel's memoir, All Rivers run to the Sea, that it is “about how they [the events in Night] shaped his life afterward, how they have been remembered, how he has lived in their shadow.” (Young) To have read all of the works of Elie Wiesel would mean to know the most that anyone else, except Wiesel, could know about the ideas that the story of Night represents. It is important to analyze the questions Wiesel raises, in his texts, in relation to the world today. [...]
[...] now serves as chairmen of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and is the Andrew Mellon Professor of Humanities at Boston University.”(Elie(zer)) Using his relatively high status in the United States, Wiesel has continued to spread his knowledge in an effort to fight victimization. When asked if the United States should be involved in intervening in every case in the world where there is ethnic cleansing, he answered, are the only superpower in the world. I think a superpower is not only when it has more weapons than others, but when it has more moral principles.”(Tikkun) In this same interview, focused heavily on international affairs, Wiesel preaches the responsibility of the United States and Jews in humanitarianism, and the prevention of victimization. [...]
[...] ancient story of youth's departure from the nest, encountering the world and fleshing out the skeletal self, becomes for Eliezer, a story of decomposing flesh, of becoming a skeleton.”(Vanderwerken) In his story presentation, Elie Wiesel grooves the reader to question the world as they see it. Even an accurate portrayal of ones observations can be misinterpreted, or mistrusted. In Night, Moshe the Beadle was ignored when he brought knowledge of the impending threat to the Jews in Sighet Romania. Later in the story on a train to Auschwitz, Madame Shacter is also ignored and beaten for her foreshadowing cries of fire, over there!”(26) In his pursuit to raise awareness on victimization, Wiesel conjures up questions, as opposed to answers, to be reflexive of these characters failed attempts. [...]
[...] He gained his ability to accomplish this unique progression when Wiesel took “upon himself the sorrowful burden of being a moral witness to the past.”(Rosenfeld) Being a Holocaust survivor, who has expressed his experiences in an eloquent and thought-provoking manner, throughout his career, Elie Wiesel has used his history to spread his influence in a grand fashion. Wiesel was born into a Jewish family in Romania circa 1928. In 1944 his family was seized by the Nazi's and brought to the German concentration camp, Auschwitz. [...]
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