Attack on Wiesel

160_ap_wiesel_070209.jpg  Nobel Peace prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel listens to a question from the media during a press conference, March 17, 2005, in
Washington. (AP Photo / Haraz Ghanbari)

Holocaust scholar Elie Wiesel attacked in hotelUpdated Fri. Feb. 9 2007 11:03 PM ETAssociated PressSAN FRANCISCO — Nobel Peace laureate and Holocaust scholar Elie Wiesel was dragged from an elevator and roughed up, possibly by a Holocaust denier, during a peace conference at a San Francisco hotel last week, police said Friday. According to San Francisco Police Sgt. Neville Gittens, a man approached Wiesel, the author of “Night,” a memoir chronicling his time in a concentration camp, in an elevator and requested an interview with the author on the evening of Feb. 1 at the Argent Hotel. When Wiesel consented to talk in the hotel’s lobby, the man insisted it be done in a hotel room and dragged the 78-year-old off the elevator on the sixth floor, Gittens said. The assailant fled after Wiesel began to scream, and Wiesel went to the lobby and called police. Gittens said police are investigating the incident as a crime. Wiesel could not be immediately reached for comment at Boston University, where he teaches, or through his institute in New York. A posting on a virulent anti-Semitic website Tuesday by a person identifying himself as Eric Hunt claimed responsibility. “I had planned to bring Wiesel to my hotel room, where he would truthfully answer my questions regarding the fact that his non-fiction Holocaust memoir, ‘Night,’ is almost entirely fictitious,” Hunt wrote on the site. The poster also said “I had been trailing Wiesel for weeks” and had hoped to get “Wiesel into my custody, with a cornered Wiesel finally forced to state the truth on videotape.” Gittens said investigators were aware of the posting and declined to comment further on the investigation.

The anti-Semitic website was disabled late Friday. It is registered to Andrew Winkler in North Sydney, Australia.  ——————————————–I read his book Night last year.  I had never heard of him before I came across his book in Chapters.   I was flipping through it and was enthralled by his manner of writing.  It was mesmerising to me.   I couldn’t put the book down, so I bought it and read it late into the night.   I have recommended it to many people as a compelling look at one person’s experience with hell on earth.  In the book Wiesel writes about losing his faith  as the horror of the Jewish Holocaust grew around him – it really struck me…

There is still so much hate in the world – it never ceases to amaze me …this capacity of ours to hate each other so unreasonably.



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2 responses to “Attack on Wiesel

  1. Interesting that you found his writing ‘style’ mesmerizing, I really didn’t like it. His experience was horrific and a lesson for humanity, but I struggled to read through it, I found his writing style tedious and difficult to read.

  2. I found his book captivating! I had no intention of buying a book that night, but I couldn’t leave without it…
    I guess it’s the same type of reaction I had to A.S.Byatt’s book ‘Possession’. I found it to be horrendously overdone and droning …I couldn’t even finish it.

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