Elie Wiesel, Trial of God

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Google’ Elie Wiesel God on Trial. it is a powerful film shown last week in the Liverpool university chaplaincy, for holocaust memorial day, based on a play by holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. Jewish prisoners in Auschwitz put God on trial.  It appears to be on you tube.  Elie says it really happened.  ” It happened at night; there were just three people. At the end of the trial, they used the word chayav, rather than ‘guilty’. It means ‘He owes us something’. Then we went to pray.”

Google also Open Heart Elie Wiesel.  At age 82 in 2011 he underwent open heart surgery.  In our FCJ province newsletter, Europa, Sr. Ruth Casey fcJ recommends the book entitled ‘Open Heart'(Coeur Ouvert) in which Elie Wiesel ‘writes very simply and beautifully about all that passed through his head and heart before and after the operation. So far this book is only out in a hardback in English.’ There appear to be extracts on line.

In relation to ‘God on Trial’, I was reminded of Etty Hillesum’s ‘An Interrupted Life’.  Etty was a young Jewish woman from the Netherlands who died in Westerbork prison camp. There is some fascinating stuff about her on Wikipedia. She wrote diaries in the months leading up to her transportation and even in prison. Amazingly these survived.  I remember her writing something like this: ‘It is not you, God, who must protect us now, but we who must protect you. We must protect that space within our souls where you dwell.’

One Response to “Elie Wiesel, Trial of God”

  1. clarefcj Says:

    Thanks for this Rachel…You have given me food for thought!

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