Books: Out of Silence Toward Life

A BEGGAR IN JERUSALEM by Elie Wiesel, translated from the French by Lily Edelman and the author. 21 1 pages. Random House. $5.95.

When 6,000,000 died, Elie Wiesel survived. The implications of that selection have haunted him ever since, and lent somber substance to his writing (seven books, one play). Wiesel was at work in Manhattan on his eighth book when the Six-Day Arab-Israeli War broke out in 1967. Like thousands of Jews all over the world, he was unable to resist some sort of involvement. "I had to put everything aside," he remembers, and...

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