Segments in this Video

UpClose: Elie Weisel: Introduction (02:59)


Ted Koppel tries to engage Weisel in a conversation about the Super Bowl. He explains that he wants to start out the program by showing Weisel laughing.

No Crying in War (03:15)

Weisel explains his ten year dark period after the war when he lived in orphanages; he did not write or talk about his experience. When he finally decided to write, he published his first book in Yiddish.

Existence of God (02:26)

Weisel never doubted God's existence, but doubted his justice. He admits to using a harsh viewpoint in his book, "Night," but he continues to pray and maintains his faith.

U.S. Prepares for War (02:53)

Koppel asks Weisel about his views of the upcoming war with Iraq. Weisel agrees that Saddam Hussein needs to be taken out of power, but he has many questions.

Expanding Focus (04:07)

Weisel began talking about his experiences and that of the Jewish people in his community. Through various circumstance, he realized that sharing the stories of other Jewish people could encourage tolerance and understanding. Weisel considers why antisemitism persists.

"Final Chapter" (03:41)

Weisel hopes to be judged; he has questions for "the Almighty." Our lives are not made up of years, but of moments. Kopel thanks the audience.

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Ted Koppel and Elie Wiesel have been friends for many years. Only Ted can begin an interview with such a prominent figure by asking about the Super Bowl. After all, their conversation was taped this week at a synagogue in St. Petersburg, Florida, a community where it's not easy to escape the buzz about the Buccaneers. Somehow, Elie Wiesel has managed to shut out the Super Bowl hype in a town enveloped by it. Elie Wiesel was only 15 when he, his sisters and parents were forced from their Romanian village and put on trains destined for the Auschwitz and then Buchenwald concentration camps. His memoir of that terrifying experience, Night, is a riveting and haunting record of man’s potential for evil. He lost 100 members of his family in the death camps, including his parents and one of his sisters. Tonight, he tells Ted Koppel why he couldn't speak or write about the experience for a full decade after he was liberated. Wiesel also weighs in on the current debate about how the United States and its allies should deal with Saddam Hussein. And on Wiesel's need to speak on behalf of all victims of human rights violations, he says, “As a Jew, I have no right to ignore other people's pain.” And why has he taken on such an enormous task as the elimination of human rights violations? ”I am against silence, when other people s suffering is so total, so offensive, so penetrating.”

Length: 20 minutes

Item#: BVL129347

ISBN: 978-1-64023-515-1

Copyright date: ©2003

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