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Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom

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 wit...

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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    5 stars! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Ariel Burger was first a student, later a teaching assistant, and much later, a friend to Elie Wiesel, and he writes here of Wiesel’s time teaching at Boston University, something he did for over 40 years.

    The primary, most important task in Wiesel’s teachings was educating against indifference. In addition, he was passionate about individual responsibility and building more compassion through literature and the arts.

    Burger shares the intimacies of their conversations, along
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  • Isaiah

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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
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  • Bruce Katz

    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.

  • Joanne Tombrakos

    It's rare when a book captivates me so much that I can't put it down, but that is what happened when I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of Witness. Ariel Burger takes us inside the classroom of Elie Wiesel, exquisitely weaving his own journey with the lessons he learned as Wiesel's student. At a time when it seems we are no longer talking to each other, this book is exactly what the world needs to get back into conversation and remember that we are more alike than we are different ...more

  • Justine

    I was first in line for this book in the library and now that I’ve finished it I think I’m definitely going to buy it. This is a book I will come back to again and again. It is a reflection on ethics, literature, and faith that even a secular reader like myself could completely become immersed in. I don’t know how to even fully write a review at this time because the book ultimately just filled me with a deep sense of contentment and peace along side so many questions to contemplate. I’d really ...more

  • Jonathan

    I doubt any review I provide about this book will do it justice, but what I will say is that I was impressed by the way Ariel Burger organized it. Reading it, I felt like I was in the same classroom as Elie Wiesel's students, absorbing his wisdom. Memory, Otherness, and Beyond Words are chapters that I will definitely return to for their insight into remembering the past, resolving conflict and producing art even when the subject may be too painful or complex to describe. I also enjoyed how Burg ...more

  • Cheri

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    ”If it be your will

    That I speak no more

    And my voice be still

    As it was before

    I will speak no more

    I shall abide until

    I am spoken for

    If it be your will

    If it be your will

    That a voice be true

    From this broken hill

    I will sing to you

    From this broken hill

    All your praises they shall ring

    If it be your will

    To let me sing”


    -- If It Be Your Will, Leonard Cohen, Songwriters: Leonard Cohen / Patrick Leonard

    Instructions for life, or at least for living a life with meaning, words of thoughtful
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  • Donna Hines

    I've been a fan of Elie Wiesel since his appearance on Oprah Winfrey's daytime Talk Show back in 2006 and was captivated as much then as now . See link here about that episode: http://www.oprah.com/own-oprahshow/op...

    Since that time I've read a number of his books both by him and his students who were so lucky to have been able to hear his teachings in person.

    He is truly an amazing and captivating individual and you cannot mention his name without knowing his struggles and his strengths to over
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