Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Truth and Fiction in Elie Wiesel’s “Night”

Truth and Fiction in Elie Wiesel’s “Night” » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
Though Wiesel offers himself as a paragon of moral virtue, the truth is somewhat seamier. As detailed in this myth-shattering piece by Alexander Cockburn from the February 2006 print edition of CounterPunch, Wiesel assiduously campaigned for the Nobel Prize and has for decades tried to pass off his short book “Night” as a true account–a “testimony” in his words– of his experiences at Auschwitz, even though key scenes in the book have been exposed as fiction.
–Jeffrey St. Clair