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Emil L. Fackenheim

Philosopher, Theologian, Jew

Emil L. Fackenheim( )
Editor: Yaffe, Martin D.
Portnoff, Sharon
Diamond, James A.
Foreword by: Wiesel, Elie
Series title:Supplements to the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy Ser.
ISBN:978-90-04-15767-5
Publication Date:Feb 2008
Publisher:BRILL
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:AUD $192.95
Book Description:

This volume is a scholarly tribute to Fackenheim's memory. It covers a wide spectrum of Fackenheim's work including biographical, philosophical, and theological aspects of his thought that have not been addressed adequately in the past. Elie Wiesel, a close personal friend to Fackenheim for over 30 years, has provided the Foreword for the volume.

Book Details
Pages:342
Detailed Subjects: Religion / Judaism / General
Biography & Autobiography / Jewish
Biography & Autobiography / Philosophers
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):1.6 x 2.4 x 0.95 cm
Book Weight:0.732 Kilograms
Author Biography
(Editor)
Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel was born in Sighet, Romania on September 30, 1928. In 1944, he and his family were deported along with other Jews to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. His mother and his younger sister died there. He loaded stones onto railway cars in a labor camp called Buna before being sent to Buchenwald, where his father died. He was liberated by the United States Third Army on April 11, 1945. After the war ended, he learned that his two older sisters had also survived. He was placed on a train of 400 orphans that was headed to France, where he was assigned to a home in Normandy under the care of a Jewish organization.

He was educated at the Sorbonne and supported himself as a tutor, a Hebrew teacher and a translator. He started writing for the French newspaper L'Arche. In 1948, L'Arche sent him to Israel to report on that newly founded state. He also became the Paris correspondent for the daily Yediot Ahronot. In this capacity, he interviewed the novelist Francois Mauriac, who urged him to write about his war experiences. The result was La Nuit (Night).

After the publication of Night, Wiesel became a writer, literary critic, and journalist. His other books include Dawn, The Accident, The Gates of the Forest, The Jews of Silence: A Personal Report on Soviet Jewry, and Twilight. He received a numerous awards and honors for his literary work including the William and Janice Epstein Fiction Award in 1965, the Jewish Heritage Award in 1966, the Prix Medicis in 1969, and the Prix Livre-International in 1980. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for his work in combating human cruelty and in advocating justice. He had a leading role in the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D. C. He died on July 2, 2016 at the age of 87.

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