Nobel Lecture Series: "The Life of Elie Wiesel - Nobel Prize Winner, Holocaust Survivor, Moral Authority, and Political Activist" - Dr. David Shneer

“Elie Wiesel: Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Holocaust Survivor, Moral Authority, and Political Activist” 
Presented by - Dr. David Shneer

Monday, December 4, 2017 / 7PM – Location: Boulder Bookstore (1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO)

Readings from Elie Wiesel’s work will be presented in English, Hebrew and Yiddish

After surviving Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Elie Wiesel spent more than ten years as a freelance journalist for Jewish publications in Hebrew and Yiddish based in Paris and then New York.  In 1959, he published La Nuit (Night), a rewriting of his 1956 original Yiddish literary recreation of survival, And the World Was Silent (Un di velt hot geshvign).  For his objectivity and moral sobriety in the face of evil, six years after Night’s appearance, Wiesel published The Jews of Silence, a sharply critical book about Soviet policy towards its Jewish population that he originally wrote as a series of Hebrew-language articles for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Twenty years after that, in 1986 he won the Nobel Peace Prize, and twenty years after that, in 2006, he toured Auschwitz with Oprah Winfrey. In this event as part of the Nobel Prize Series, we will explore Wiesel’s many legacies with a focus on his early years during the Cold War as we explore the relationship between literary recreation, Holocaust survival, and moral and political authority.

David Shneer ( is the Louis P. Singer professor of Jewish history, chair of the Department of Religious Studies, and professor of history, religious studies, and Jewish studies.  Called “path-breaking” by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Shneer’s award-winning book, Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, & the Holocaust, looks at the lives and works of two dozen World War II military photographers to examine what kinds of photographs they took when they encountered evidence of Nazi genocide on the Eastern Front. His other books include Queer Jews, finalist for the Lambda Literary award, Yiddish and the Creation of Soviet Jewish Culture, finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and New Jews: The End of the Jewish Diaspora, that has sparked discussion in publications like the Economist and the Jerusalem Post. His two new projects include Grief: A History of the World’s First Holocaust Liberation Photograph and Art is My Weapon: The Radical Musical Life of Lin Jaldati, which examines Yiddish musical culture's role in the clash between fascism and Communism through the life and work of Lin Jaldati, a Dutch-Jewish Yiddish-singing cabaret singer, who survived the Holocaust and was the last person to see Anne Frank alive.  After the war, she moved to East Germany and became the Yiddish diva of the Communist world until her death in 1988.  


Location Information:
Off Campus

Off Campus - Boulder Bookstore  
1107 Pearl St 
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303-447-0064

Contact Information:
Name: David Shneer

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Boulder Bookstore 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado

Event Type

Lecture/Presentation, Featured Event


International & Global Affairs


General Public


Jewish Studies, international affairs




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