Elie Wiesel just died. He was famous and universally praised for claiming to be a witness to the Holocaust in his huge selling book, Night.
The book is not a first-hand description of gas chambers, or anything like that. It is a short incoherent novel that was put together by a translator, many years after the war.
Wiesel is often described as a Holocaust survivor, but what did he do to survive? Did he sneak out of the gas chambers? Beat up a camp guard and escape? If the Nazis wanted to kill him, why wasn't he dead in 1945?
Wiesel got a Nobel Peace Prize and a lot of other awards. Maybe I am just ignorant, but I don't see why he is such a hero.