"If you do not take up this text to pray, take it as a book to be studied. Once you have read these stories, they will not leave you, for they are part of human history." (From the Introduction by Albert Friedlander). The Six Days of Destruction is a religious text for use in both Jewish and interfaith services for Yom Ha-Shoah; it also stands on its own as a work of great poignancy. The six stories were written by Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Elie Wiesel, with liturgies by Rabbi Albert Friedlander. The book opens with prefaces by Cardinal Basil Hume, Bishop Richard Harries and Lord Jakobovits, and is illustrated with a collection of drawings by inmates of the Nazi concentration camps, introduced by Elisabeth Maxwell and Roman Halter.
For academics and all those interested in Jewish and religious studies.
Prefaces by Cardinal Basil Hume, Bishop Richard Harries and Lord Jakobovits. Acknowledgements. Introduction. The six days of destruction. Liturgies: introductory notes. A liturgical offering for Yom Ha-Shoah. An interfaith liturgy. Appendix: drawings made by inmates of the concentration camps and ghettoes between 1939 and 1945, with an introduction by Elisabeth Maxwell and Roman Halter.
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- © Pergamon 1988
- 1st July 1988
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@qu:Elie Wiesel and Albert Friedlander have created a slim volume of meditations and liturgies of profound and stark beauty. @source:Simon Sibelman, Jewish Chronicle @qu:This book fulfils the task in a unique manner with a variety of texts and illustrations ... this is a remarkable achievement in bringing together extreme darkness and utter pain with the eternal longing for peace. @source:Theological Book Review (Feed the Minds) @qu:They are powerful stories ... the language, the impressionable word images, bring to life the innocent ignorance of those whose lives were about to be overturned, the interminable horrors of the transit trains, the brutality, the degradation, the selection for death, but also the heroism of the small humanities that miraculously survived ... can we bear this book and respond to its challenge. @source:Westminster Synagogue @qu:One hopes that this tiny but thoughtful book will find a place next to the Bible among both Jewish and Christian communities abroad. @source:Jerusalem Post @qu:The overall effect is extremely powerful, and heartrending to say the least. Eile Wiesel's pieces are emotionally draining... Whilst there are countless eloquent and profound testimonies to the Holocaust, few would match the nakedness and honesty of Wiesel at his best. In a few pages he captures all the despair, blindness, suffering, brutality, and incomprehensibility of those horrendous times. His words are complemented by the stark tension of the drawings, their tormented lines clearly reflecting the circumstances of their creation. Yet to Wiesel's credit, and to our relief, he also reminds us that truth, goodness and beauty - as demonstrated, for example in a mother's love, the will to live and faith in God and man - did not cease to exist... The Six Days of Destruction is a work which merits a wide audience. In particular it would be of considerab