On Friday, January 28, at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room, Dr. David Meyer will lead a discussion of Night, by Elie Wiesel. Wiesel (b. 1928) is a survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps and the 1986 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. He is the author of over 50 works of fiction and non-fiction.
Night (1958) was Wiesel’s first book. Originally written in Yiddish in 1956 (Wiesel writes that he took a personal vow in 1945 to wait ten years before attempting to write down his Holocaust memories), the work tells of the deportation of the Jews from his hometown in Hungary to Auschwitz-Birkenau and the author’s struggle to keep himself and his father alive through hard labor and a death-march to Buchenwald. Along with works such as Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl, Victor Frankel’s Man’s Search for Meaning, and Primo Levi’s If This Is a Man, Night is one of the core texts of Holocaust literature.
In the preface to a new translation of Night, published in 2006, Wiesel writes, “If in my lifetime I was to write only one book, this would be the one. Just as the past lingers in the present, all my writings after Night…profoundly bear its stamp and cannot be understood if one has not read this very first of my works.”
Dr. Meyer is Associate Professor of Government and History in the School of Undergraduate Studies. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. Among his areas of research are ethnic conflict, religious persecution, and genocide. Among many other distinctions, Dr. Meyer has served as Academic Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy at the University of Tel Aviv.
The Library’s discussion of Night will take place on the day following the Memorial Service and Exhibition Opening for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. To request a free excerpt of the book, please contact Harold Henkel at email@example.com.