“Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future”
Date: Thursday, June 8, 2023
Time: 5:00 PM EST
Elie Wiesel, the Nobel prize-winning writer, was the most influential person to bring the world’s attention to the enormity of the Holocaust. His many books and speeches bore witness to Nazi genocide and led to his preeminent role as a human rights activist.
In this new and fascinating biography, “Elie Wiesel: Confronting the Silence” author Joe Berger draws upon prodigious research and interviews with family, friends and scholars to answer the question: how did this modest man, a Hasidic Jewish student and survivor of Auschwitz, become such a revered figure on the world stage, a bestselling author and moral compass for our era? And what is his legacy for the 21st Century?
Joseph Berger was a New York Times reporter, columnist, and editor for thirty years, and he continues to contribute periodically to the Times. He has taught urban affairs at the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College. He is the author of several books, including “Displaced Persons: Growing Up American After the Holocaust and lives in New York City.”
Alana Newhouse, editor-in-chief of Tablet Magazine, will interview the author and lead a discussion on his new book and the impact of Elie Wiesel and Holocaust education in today’s world.