A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction

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The Kabbalist in the Death Camps: Elie Wiesel

“What are you writing?” the Rebbe asked. “Stories,” I said. He wanted
to know what kind of stories: true stories. “About people you knew ?”
Yes, about people I might have known. “About things that happened?”
Yes, about things that happened or could have happened. “But they did
not?” No, not all of them did. In fact, some were invented from almost
the beginning to almost the end. The Rebbe leaned forward as if to
measure me up and said with more sorrow than anger: “That means you
are writing lies!” I did not answer immediately. The scolded child within
me had nothing to say in his defense. Yet, I had to justify myself: “Things
are not that simple, Rebbe. Some events do take place but are not true;
others are—although they never occurred.”

—from Legends of Our Time

Elie Wiesel’s Night, together with Anne Franks Diary of a Young Girl, tod the story of the Holocaust to the world. In the fifty-plus years since its original publication, it has been translated into thirty languages and has sold more than six million copies in the United States alone. This book has a special status as a touchstone for countless readers, for whom it was likely their first encounter with Holocaust literature. I still have the copy I was given as a child, with its dramatic blue and black lettering and the graphic of an indistinct figure behind curls of barbed wire. The book carried a blurb from A. Alvarez, who had famously written in Commentary that it was “almost

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