WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARDBIOGRAPHY 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...
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Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom Reviews
Este libro es más de lo que esperaba, las enseñanzas de Elie Wiesel contadas por su alumno, asistente y amigo. Una combinación de memorias de ambas vidas porque la del alumno se funde con la del maestro y el alumno, maestro se convierte.
Las clases se narran tan claras que te hacen sentir como si estuvieras sentada en el salón de clase, en el piso, apretujada por los muchos que lo iban a escuchar, cuestionándote asuntos personales y universales y literarios provocados por su luminosa inteligencia ...more
Some of the most moving and thought-provoking passages I’ve read in a very long time. This is the kind of book that leads you to ponder your own life, the choices you’ve made, the things you’ve done that you shouldn’t have and the things you didn’t do but should have, the values you have claimed as your own. For reasons that are likely quite obvious the book strikes me as particularly timely... and necessary.
I wish I could have been in a classroom with Wiesel. This book was a treasure in showing what an amazing, kind, and brilliant man he was. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the heavy handed look at the author's religious views. I understand it as it is his book, but it took a bit away from the beauty of the book for me.
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 ...more
“ If anything can, it is memory that will save humanity.” (Elie Wiesel)
I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of this book. It was before the horrific event last week at a Pittsburgh synagogue where eleven people were murdered because they were Jewish. I thought about the Holocaust and the hate of the anti semitism that caused over six million Jews to be murdered and thought how could this happen now ? I was planning on reading it soon, but I thought right now would be a good time. What I ...more
To give witness, typically, is to tell the truth. One tells what one saw, gives facts, details; what one witnessed.
Ariel Burger, gives witness to what he learned from Elie Wiesel, in the classroom, in personal discussions, reading his books, and through both men's belief in their faith.
Most people remember the witness Elie Wiesel gave to the Holocaust, the horror of its existence, the brutality of of its keepers, the smell of the death camps that he himself survived. Elie trusted his God, believ ...more
"Listening to a witness makes you a witness". I'd like to think that I became that when I heard Elie Wiesel speak several years ago. It was a thrilling moment for me, that I dragged my oldest kids to witness as well. Mr. Wiesel was a soft and lyrical speaker, and combined with the heat of the room, we all found our eyes closing! I let the kids have a minute and then gently woke them so they would be able to witness.
This is such a beautiful book, filled with wisdom that Mr. Wiesel imparted to his ...more
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I got an ARC of this book.
I read Night when I was in middle school. One of the other boys on the bus was reading it and let me borrow it. I read it in a single sitting. It is a book I haven't forgotten yet. I doubt I ever will.
This book follows like Tuesdays with Morrie. Except this book is a bit less accessible. The main chunk of the book takes place in a grad school classroom. Many people never step foot in grad school. So that alone can be off pu ...more