The title of my blog post today comes from a news article which you can read in full at https://newrepublic.com/minutes/134838/elie-wiesel-boy-lived
The following quote is from the news article, cited above:
Night was first published in English in 1960, and it would take many more years before it became a staple of high school and college courses. (It was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club in 2006.) Sequentially and substantively, it is a kind of sequel to Frank’s diary: It is about what happens when the Nazis get you.
Why were the Nazis out to get the Jews? It was because of the Jewish propensity to Lie, Steal and Cheat. Basically, the Nazis were puritans: they loved their mothers, and they did not lie, steal and cheat.
Everything that Elie wrote was a lie. Elie was never in a camp. Elie was in hiding throughout the war. Elie never even met a Nazi. Elie was safe at home in Romania, hiding in his basement.
In January 2006, Oprah Winfrey had chosen “Night”for her book club selection. Shortly after that, she toured the Auschwitz main camp and the Birkenau camp with Elie Wiesel as her guide. The photo above shows Oprah and Elie in Birkenau, standing beside the ruins of Crematorium III, where thousands of Hungarian Jews were allegedly gassed and burned in 1944. Oprah was speechless as Elie Wiesel described the horror of the Holocaust, including the murder of innocent children.
What will be the legacy of Elie Wiesel? Will he go down in history as “Elie the Liar”?
You can read more about Elie Wiesel at http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/reading-elie-wiesel-in-auschwitz/article8860273.ece