He was a gifted writer and not simply a survivor. The title of this work means "I Believe" and refers to one of the thirteen Maimonidean Articles of Faith: "I believe in the coming of the Messiah.
It has overcome the Holocaust by defying it, by refusing to give up the human and the transcendent. Man taking issue with the Master does not seem such an outrage when the concept is viewed against its Hasidic background. To gain an understanding of the Holocaust, it is important to look not only at the acts of perpetrators but also at the experiences of victims and survivors.
To affirm and preserve the human by eating the bowl of soup on Yom Kippur, for example? The sum of Wiesel's work is a passionate effort to break through this barrier to new understanding and faith. The difficulty of this lies in the attempt to juxtapose past event with present situation in a story which is truly artistic: that is, not merely beautiful, but ethically significant.
The Tel Aviv newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, hired him as a Paris correspondent, and because of the hard work of supporting himself as a journalist, he left the Sorbonne without submitting the six hundred-page doctoral dissertation he had written comparing Jewish, Christian, and Buddhist concepts of asceticism.
In Dawn, when Elisha pulls the trigger to kill the British hostage, he cries, "It's done. One of his Hasidic stories illustrates this dogged determination to believe: A story is narrated in Shevet Yehuda about Jews who fled their village, their country.
Georg, that tragedy which to me was the worst, the cruellest in the court of history could have been avoided.
We are led to believe otherwise, we are believe the people of the book after all, and will call us later Mohammed, he gave us that name.
If it is anything negative, it is an expression of concerned disappointment that the Master of the Universe has apparently not lived up to his own standards of justice.