July 13, 2006
Elie Wiesel —
The Tragedy of the Believer

A survivor of the Holocaust, in which he lost most of his family, Wiesel was a seminal chronicler of that event and its meaning. Wiesel shares some of his thoughts on modern-day Israel and Germany, his understanding of God, and his practice of prayer after the Holocaust.

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was a writer, professor, political activist, and Holocaust survivor. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Nobel Peace Prize, and was Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University.

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by Elie Wiesel
Read the complete text of the prayer Wiesel recited during the program, which originally appeared in a diary and was included in the collection One Generation After.

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1986 Nobel Peace prize winner and writer Elie Wiesel (L) stands in front of a photo of himself (bottom right hand corner) and other inmates, taken at the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945, during his visit on December 18, 1986 to the Holocaust Memorial Center 'Yad Vashem' in Jerusalem.

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