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The Art of Inventing Hope offers an unprecedented, in-depth conversation between the world's most revered Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, and a son of survivors, Howard Reich. During the last four years of Wiesel's life, he met frequently with Reich in New York, Chicago, and Florida - and spoke often on the phone - to discuss the subject that linked them: both Wiesel and Reich's father, Robert Reich, were liberated from Buchenwald death camp on April 11, 1945. What had started as an interview assignment from the Chicago Tribune quickly evolved into a friendship and a partnership. Reich and Wiesel believed their colloquy represented a unique exchange between two generations deeply affected by a cataclysmic event. Wiesel said to Reich, "I've never done anything like this before." 

Here Wiesel - at the end of his life - looks back on his ideas and writings on the Holocaust, synthesizing them in his conversations with Reich. The insights that Wiesel offered and Reich illuminates can help the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors understand their painful inheritance, while inviting everyone else to partake of Wiesel's wisdom on life, ethics, and morality.

©2019 Howard Reich (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Lance Strosser
  • 17-02-2021

a view into post holocaust survivors recovery

Elie Wiesel opens up about holocaust survivors lives after liberation. great food for thought for all oppressed people

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  • Nana to all
  • 01-08-2021

good!

interesting...well narrated...I enjoyed listening. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, like me, with a fascination with Jewish history.

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  • Michael Burress
  • 09-05-2021

We can all use a reinventing hope at some point

The narrator did a good job with a difficult subject matter at times. A strong case for developing empathy and understanding of yourself and others.

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  • Dr. Bill- Northern NJ-USA
  • 07-05-2021

Survivors--Were These the Lucky Ones???

How does one go on after witnessing your family being murdered, your identity removed, seeing the unbelievable atrocities that the Nazis performed? How do you sleep? How do you bring children into this world? One can easily see how Mr. Reich's mother became delusional. Even psychologists and psychiatrists could not comprehend her demons. As Elie Wiesel succinctly states: only those who were there could fathom this. Once again- were these the lucky ones?

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  • Lich93
  • 14-02-2021

Excelent!

First of all, I may clear that I’m not a jewish and I do not have any one in my immediate circle that is. I certainly have known wonderful jewish people, whom I have worked with. As a catholic I always have look to broaden my knowledge and open my heart to other religions and traditions and certainly for me the jewish are part of our journey, our traditions, and our roots, they were first and I’ve always honored them for this. This book it SO complete in all sort of things. It touched my heart. I wouldn’t been able to describe it with a single word. There are so many valuable topics in the conversations, the author does an excellent recopilation of his encounters with Ellie Wiesel (whom I didn’t know who he was previously to reading this book) It is a book filled with humanity, virtues, values. It brought on me a deeper understanding of the Jewish people and their journey through history. It is not a book of the Holocaust, it is not a book of Self-Improvement, but it left me a deep print in my heart. I even bought it as a gift for my Dad.

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  • jdk
  • 30-08-2020

Deeply Personal and Profound

Howard Reich shares with us his friend, Elie Wiesel, the man who gave The Holocaust its name.

Reich's parents are both survivors of the Holocaust. In the book he reflects on his growing awareness of being a child to parents who carried the horror of their experiences without words, and daily endured life under a looming shade of their experience of manifest hate.

Wiesel is to Reich, as he became to so many others, a guide through the many meanings of this man made hell on earth.

Niether Reich nor Wiesel are reconciled in their understanding, but neither is their hope or humanity ever defeated.

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  • Evan Meyers
  • 20-08-2020

Important exploration of tragedy and hope

Thank you for this precious book. An important grappling, struggling with tragedy, horror, meaning, faith, hope.

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  • Detailed Shopper
  • 03-09-2021

Emotional Yet Inspiring

I took days-long emotional breaks from this book due to its intense subject, but it was well worth finishing.

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  • Lauri M.
  • 21-08-2021

Must read!!!

Absolutely fabulous account about a supremely noble and equanimous man, children of survivors and of the Holocaust! This should be required reading for all!

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