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Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom

Elie Wiesel was a towering presence on the world stagea Nobel laureate, activist, adviser to world leaders, and the author of more than forty books, including the Oprahs Book Club selection Night. But when asked, Wiesel always said, I am a teacher first. In fact, he taught at Boston University for nearly four decades, and with this book, Ariel Burgerdevoted protg, apprentice, and friendtakes us into the sacred space of Wiesels classroom. There, Wiesel challenged his students to explore moral complexity and to resist the dangerous lure of absolutes. In bringing together never-before-recounted moments between Wiesel and his students, Witness serves as a moral education in and of itselfa primer on educating against indifference, on the urgency of memory and individual responsibility, and on the role of literature, music, and art in making the world a more compassionate place. Burger first met Wiesel at age fifteen; he became his student in his twenties, and his teaching assistant in his t...

Title : Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom
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ISBN : 9781328802699
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages
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Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom Reviews

  • Dan Curnutt

    What a very interesting read. The book is written about Elie Wiesel from the viewpoint of a former student then a teaching assistant and finally as someone whom Wiesel mentored through his life. Ariel Burger starts out talking about his upbringing in the Jewish faith in a family where one parent was orthodox and the other parent was apathetic. It makes for a strange upbringing.

    As a teenager Burger wonders about life, death and why God is not more approachable.

    Then as a student of Elie Wiesel's h
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  • Laurie's Lit Picks

    Having taught Night, Elie Wiesel's first book chronicling his horrific time in Auschwitz, for many years as a high school literature teacher, I could not wait to get this book into my hands. Ariel Burger was Wiesel's student for more than two decades and had a front row view of his teacher: his philosophies, his faith, and his extraordinary ability to open a classroom wide for his students. What I would have given to be a member of one of Professor Wiesel's classes - what a gift he was to this w ...more

  • Kelly Hager

    This book is one of the most profound things I have ever read, and that actually doesn't do it justice.

    When I was in college, my sociology professor said something along the lines of how we need to always believe that one person can make a difference in the world. "Look at Rosa Parks," she said. And it's true that one person can make a real, permanent difference, although most of us won't. Elie Wiesel did, and he devoted his life to showing others how to do the same. 

    He told this to a student wh
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  • Cheri

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    ”If it be your will

    That I speak no more

    And my voice be still

    As it was before

    I will speak no more

    I shall abide until

    I am spoken for

    If it be your will

    If it be your will

    That a voice be true

    From this broken hill

    I will sing to you

    From this broken hill

    All your praises they shall ring

    If it be your will

    To let me sing”


    -- If It Be Your Will, Leonard Cohen, Songwriters: Leonard Cohen / Patrick Leonard

    Instructions for life, or at least for living a life with meaning, words of thoughtful
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  • Amy

    Read this book. I miss him even more now.