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Elie Wiesel, An Extraordinary Life and Legacy - Writings, Reflections, Photographs

Updated: Apr 13, 2019



Afterword by TED KOPPEL


Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) is best known as the author of Night, and a survivor of Auschwitz

Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) is best known as the author of Night, a survivor of Auschwitz and a powerful, enduring voice of the Holocaust. A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, he was a hero of human rights, beloved professor and author of more than 50 books.

Among his accomplishments, Wiesel co-founded Moment Magazine with Leonard Fein in 1975 to be a place of conversation for American Jews, for editor-in-chief Nadine Epstein, he became a mentor and friend after she took over the magazine in 2004.

In this striking volume, Epstein shares her memories of Wiesel and brings together 36 reflections from friends, colleagues, and others who knew him—including his son Elisha Wiesel, Michael Berenbaum, Wolf Blitzer, Father Patrick Desbois, Ben Kingsley, Ronald S. Lauder, Bernard-Henri Levy, Kati Marton, Itzhak Perlman, Natan Sharansky, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Oprah Winfrey and Ruth Wisse. The foreword is by world famous British Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and the Afterword is by acclaimed broadcaster Ted Koppel.

To celebrate this humanitarian and keep his inspiration alive, Epstein presents readers with a visual history of Wiesel’s life and examines the influence of his seminal book, Night. This chilling story of the Holocaust has already gripped the souls of millions of readers. To reinforce this legacy, Epstein provides lively conversations with teenagers about Night and offers discussion questions. The book includes more than 100 photographs.


“Elie Wiesel taught us that we must not forget; that there is no greater sin than that of silence and indifference. In doing so he has not just illuminated the past, he has illuminated the future.”— Oprah Winfrey

“Elie Wiesel performed the alchemy of converting pain, injustice and horror into love, compassion, and tolerance. We remember him not so much because he so often succeeded but because he never stopped trying.”— Ted Koppel

“Elie Wiesel was the Jewish people’s spokesperson. He looked after our moral landscape and paid attention to what happened to Jews around the world. We needed a person like that.”— Itzhak Perlman

“I believe there is a risk of Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust and other genocides being forgotten. Without a real effort to retain their memory, they may simply disappear from history. Wiesel was the light in the night for the whole world, not just the Jewish one.”— Father Patrick Desbois


Nadine Epstein, an award-winning journalist and author, is editor-in-chief and CEO of Moment Magazine.

This book is the first publication of MomentBooks, a new trade imprint of Mandel Vilar Press—a series of co-publications of Moment Magazine and Mandel Vilar Press.

ISBN: 9781942134572/ Paper with Flaps/ $35.00/ 176 pages/ 8 x 11/ 117 Color and B&W photos

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