Oprah Winfrey and Elie Wiesel have made their journey to Auschwitz as part of the overall
publicity campaign, tuchas covering, humanitarian mission that came with choosing Elie Wiesel’s Night as her latest book club book.
While many are saying that this choice following the Frey Fiasco will wipe Oprah’s book-choosing slate clean, the LATimes had a cynical take on the venture:
Oprah in Auschwitz. Not since “Springtime for Hitler” have we been treated to a Holocaust production so surreal. If nothing else, Oprah in Auschwitz â€” and the sales of “Night,” which are sure to multiply â€” will bring home the horrors of the Nazi genocide to millions of Americans. It may even improve black-Jewish relations, bringing together a Jewish survivor of the camps and a black survivor of racism, violence and childhood sexual abuse.
Yet Oprah in Auschwitz may also turn the Holocaust into another recovery narrative â€” a “feel-good story about the ultimate feel-bad experience,” as the film critic J. Hoberman memorably wrote of “Schindler’s List,” in which the principal Jewish characters survive.
The then go on to give an absolutely scathing critique of Wiesel’s credentials that I will leave you to read on your own.
Not to be outdone however, the announcement of the book selection prompted Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to opine “My emotions were so betrayed by James Frey’s fictionalized memoir. I felt violated. Then Oprah picked Night, Elie Wiesel’s memoir of the Holocaust. But how can he have a memoir about something that never happened! Is she trying to pull the wool over our eyes twice? That’s it! I’m dropping out of the book club!”
Also be sure to see the daily breakdown of Iran’s Holocaust conference here.
Highlights include: “The Myriad of Benefits The Jews Gained from the Holocaust,” “‘Annihilate Israel’ Roundtable” and “world premiere of controversial documentary Bowling for Kristallnacht”