I first encountered the work of Elie Wiesel while researching an essay looking at the Art of the Holocaust for my studies. An eloquent witness for the six million Jews slaughtered in World War II and one who seared the memory of the Holocaust on the world’s conscience, Wiesel's first book in a trilogy, 'Night', is profoundly moving, terrifying and a theologically defining piece of writing. The work pleads 'Where is God?' and announces the possibility of 'the Death of God' following the seeming abandonment of 'His' chosen people. Weilding theological and humanitarian concepts and questions that tear at the heart of Judaism, 'Night' has stayed with me and always will...
“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed....Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.”
[Elie Wiesel, 'Night', 1960]