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The Art of Inventing Hope

Intimate Conversations with Elie Wiesel
Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
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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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  • 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.