Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom

Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD?BIOGRAPHY Elie Wiesel was a towering presence on the world stage?a Nobel laureate, activist, adviser to world leaders, and the author of more than forty books, including the Oprah?s Book Club selection Night. But when asked, Wiesel always said, ?I am a teacher first.? In fact, he taught at Boston University for nearly four decades, WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD?BIOGRAPHY Elie Wiesel was a towering presence on the worl...

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Title:Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom
Author:Ariel Burger
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel's Classroom
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Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom Reviews

  • Cheri
    Sep 14, 2018
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?If it be your will That I speak no more And my voice be still As it was before I will speak no more I shall abide until I am spoken for If it be your will If it be your will That a voice be true From this broken hill I will sing to you From this b...
  • Linda
    Jan 25, 2019
    For 20 years Burger was Wiesel's teaching assistant at Boston University and young friend he loved talking to. Burger is able to provide insights into Wiesel's teaching method and literary reading lists that directed students' thinking about some of our deepest human questions--how can...
  • Dan Curnutt
    Oct 08, 2018
    What a very interesting read. The book is written about Elie Wiesel from the viewpoint of a former student then a teaching assistant and finally as someone whom Wiesel mentored through his life. Ariel Burger starts out talking about his upbringing in the Jewish faith in a family where ...
  • Marialyce
    Dec 30, 2018
    There are probably not that many people living in the modern world today who have not heard of Elie Wiesel, a survivor of Auschwitz, where he witnessed more cruelty, more hatred, more indifference, and more death, including that of his entire family than this man. Going onto to be a gr...
  • Kelly Hager
    Nov 03, 2018
    This book is one of the most profound things I have ever read, and that actually doesn't do it justice. When I was in college, my sociology professor said something along the lines of how we need to always believe that one person can make a difference in the world. "Look at Rosa Par...
  • Kristen
    Feb 23, 2019
    I wish I could have been in a classroom with Wiesel. This book was a treasure in showing what an amazing, kind, and brilliant man he was. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the heavy handed look at the author's religious views. I understand it as it is his book, but it took a bit away f...
  • Justine
    Dec 02, 2018
    I was first in line for this book in the library and now that I?ve finished it I think I?m definitely going to buy it. This is a book I will come back to again and again. It is a reflection on ethics, literature, and faith that even a secular reader like myself could completely bec...
  • Beth
    Oct 13, 2018
    Witness by Ariel Burger looks closely at Elie Wiesel and his teaching. Burger was a teaching assistant and friend to Wiesel and he writes this book with a loving hand and shares the brilliance of Wiesel in a way that is accessible and enlightening. It is easy to think of Wiesel as t...
  • Cheryle
    Dec 31, 2018
    Elie Wiesel was a towering presence on the world stage?a Nobel laureate, activist, adviser to world leaders, and the author of more than forty books, including the Oprah?s Book Club selection Night. But when asked, Wiesel always said, ?I am a teacher first.? In fact, he taug...
  • Joanne Tombrakos
    Jul 11, 2018
    It's rare when a book captivates me so much that I can't put it down, but that is what happened when I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of Witness. Ariel Burger takes us inside the classroom of Elie Wiesel, exquisitely weaving his own journey with the lessons he learned ...
  • Angela M
    Oct 31, 2018
    ? If anything can, it is memory that will save humanity.? (Elie Wiesel) I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of this book. It was before the horrific event last week at a Pittsburgh synagogue where eleven people were murdered because they were Jewish. I thought about the...
  • Michelle Mallette
    Mar 02, 2019
    This book, winner of the National Jewish Book Award in the biography category, is jam-packed with author, scholar, Holocaust survivor and peace activist Elie Wiesel?s inspiring, thoughtful and thought-provoking ideas, often discussed through stories from the Old Testament. He encou...
  • Isaiah
    Nov 03, 2018
    To see more reviews check out MI Book Reviews. I got an ARC of this book. I readNight when I was in middle school. One of the other boys on the bus was reading it and let me borrow it. I read it in a single sitting. It is a book I haven't forgotten yet. I doubt I ever will. ...
  • Jonathan
    Oct 22, 2018
    I doubt any review I provide about this book will do it justice, but what I will say is that I was impressed by the way Ariel Burger organized it. Reading it, I felt like I was in the same classroom as Elie Wiesel's students, absorbing his wisdom. Memory, Otherness, and Beyond Words ar...
  • Laurie's Lit Picks
    Sep 27, 2018
    Having taught Night, Elie Wiesel's first book chronicling his horrific time in Auschwitz, for many years as a high school literature teacher, I could not wait to get this book into my hands. Ariel Burger was Wiesel's student for more than two decades and had a front row view of his tea...
  • Tracy
    Feb 13, 2019
    "Listening to a witness makes you a witness". I'd like to think that I became that when I heard Elie Wiesel speak several years ago. It was a thrilling moment for me, that I dragged my oldest kids to witness as well. Mr. Wiesel was a soft and lyrical speaker, and combined with the heat...
  • Karen Douglass
    Jan 09, 2019
    An intimate and honest book, Wisdom highlights the wisdom of Elie Wiesel, holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner, His generosity and gentle touch as a teacher, his favorite title, comes alive in Burger's prose. As a very young man Ariel Burger met Wiesel and Wiesel invited Burger to...
  • Stacy
    Dec 30, 2018
    ?And yet, if we always look into the abyss, we will be tempted by despair. Hope is a choice, and it is a gift we give to one another. It can be absurd. It does not rely on facts. It is simply a choice.? Witness, Chapter 5 Elie Wiesel has been regarded as one of the most influen...
  • Greg Marcus
    Jan 22, 2019
    Ok, I am only a third of the way through this book, and it already merits a five star review. Rabbi Ariel Burger is an amazing writer. Whether he is describing his upbringing, or an anecdote from Elie Wisel's classroom, I feel like I am right there, witnessing it. Wisdom is knowl...
  • Milly Cohen
    Dec 29, 2018
    Este libro es ms de lo que esperaba, las enseanzas de Elie Wiesel contadas por su alumno, asistente y amigo. Una combinacin de memorias de ambas vidas porque la del alumno se funde con la del maestro y el alumno, maestro se convierte. Las clases se narran tan claras que te hac...
  • Nat
    May 15, 2018
    This book was exactly what I was seeking with Elie Wiesel?s memoirs: it summarisesWiesel'sconcise teachings onkeeping history alive throughmorality and vulnerability. You're guaranteed to leave Ariel Burger's Witness with a changed perspective. Ariel Burger first met Elie Wi...
  • Toni
    Nov 04, 2018
    To give witness, typically, is to tell the truth. One tells what one saw, gives facts, details; what one witnessed. Ariel Burger, gives witness to what he learned from Elie Wiesel, in the classroom, in personal discussions, reading his books, and through both men's belief in their f...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Nov 23, 2018
    5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? Ariel Burger was first a student, later a teaching assistant, and much later, a friend to Elie Wiesel, and he writes here of Wiesel?s time teaching at Boston University, something he did for over 40 years. The primary, most important task in Wiese...
  • Bruce Katz
    Nov 10, 2018
    Some of the most moving and thought-provoking passages I?ve read in a very long time. This is the kind of book that leads you to ponder your own life, the choices you?ve made, the things you?ve done that you shouldn?t have and the things you didn?t do but should have, the val...
  • Jenny
    Oct 05, 2018
    Egil Aarvik, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, once said "Eli Wiesel is a messenger to mankind. His message is one of peace, atonement, and human dignity. His belief that the forces fighting evil in the world can be victorious is a hard-won belief." Eli Wiesel was a father, h...
  • Donna Hines
    Sep 22, 2018
    I've been a fan of Elie Wiesel since his appearance on Oprah Winfrey's daytime Talk Show back in 2006 and was captivated as much then as now . See link here about that episode: http://www.oprah.com/own-oprahshow/op... Since that time I've read a number of his books both by him and hi...
  • Elinor Bashe
    Jul 17, 2018
    For those of us who have imagined having the chance to speak with Professor Elie Wiesel, perhaps even to ask him a question about life, Witness offers us an amazing gift. In this riveting work, we hear Professor Wiesel?s words and thoughts not only in the university lecture hall, but...
  • Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir
    Nov 28, 2018
    The inspirational teaching methods of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel form the backbone of this important work by his one-time assistant, Ariel Burger, a writer, artist, teacher and rabbi. As a teenager, Burger became intrigued by this great man, who entered the Auschwitz concentrati...
  • Donna Tabas
    Jan 05, 2019
    This extraordinary book,written by Elie Wiesel's wise and gifted student, teaching assistant and mentee, Rabbi Ariel Burger, Ph.D., is nothing short of a masterpiece. What is it that distinguishes this book from all the other books about Professor Wiesel?s enormous contributions ...
  • BOOKLOVER10
    Oct 20, 2018
    Rabbi Dr. Ariel Burger, who was Elie Wiesel's student, teaching assistant, and friend, discusses his mentor's influence in "Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel's Classroom." Burger's sources include entries from a journal he kept; classroom notes; recordings of his conversations with Wie...