Elie Wiesel caught in another lie

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen’s Crazy Thesis

Goldhagen is to Holocaust scholarship what Elie Wiesel is to Holocaust memory. In a highly-praised memoir, All Rivers Run to the Sea, Wiesel reports, ‘I read The Critique of Pure Reason — don’t laugh — in Yiddish.’

Leaving aside Wiesel’s acknowledgement that at the time ‘I was wholly ignorant of Yiddish grammar,’ The Critique of Pure Reason was never translated into Yiddish.


Norman Finkelstein
New Left Review, Summer 1997, No. 224