Reference Guide to Holocaust Literature
Developed by Thomas Riggs & Company, Missoula, Montana
St. James Press, 2002

“After World War II, because many publishers were reluctant to publish Holocaust memoirs, it was difficult for Holocaust survivors to confront the world as witnesses to their suffering. New York trade publishers and their counterparts throughout the world felt that the subject was too depressing to be commercially viable. Even such luminous authors as Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi had difficulty finding publishers. By becoming best-selling authors, however, they won the right to be internationally recognized Holocaust witnesses, both for themselves and for other Holocaust authors who followed them.

Wiesel’s citation for the Nobel Prize for Peace reads, ‘Wiesel is a messenger to mankind. His message is one of peace and atonement and human dignity. The message is in the form of a testimony, repeated and deepened through the works of a great author.’ In his book All Rivers Run to the Sea (1995), Wiesel openly admits that, when he was at Auschwitz and Buchenwald, he never expected his Holocaust experience to turn him into such a messenger.” (Thomas Riggs & Company, Missoula, Montana).

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