By Bradley R. Smith
Elie Wiesel is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, recipient of honorary degrees from universities scattered across North America and Israel and "spokesman for Jews in the United States and throughout the world." Nevertheless, I propose that it is selfevident that this man is not wrapped too tight.
For example, in his book The Jews of Silence: A personal Report on Soviet Jewry (NAL 1966, p48) Wiesel asks rhetorically: "How many Jews were killed at Babi Yar?" He's not certain about that, but he records for us, and for all those children who study his writings in our high schools and colleges, one of the spectacular phenomena of our age. "Eyewitnesses say that for months after the killings the ground continued to spurt geysers of blood."
Pretty wonderful, eh? Let's pause here for a moment and reflect on what Wiesel is telling us.
"Eyewitnesses say that for months after the killings the ground continued to spurt geysers of blood."
Do you believe "for months afterwards?" Do you believe "the next day?" I wonder what you do think about this. One thing that occurs to me is that this is the sort of statement a professor in the "humanities" can allow himself to make when he is certain that no other professor will ever dare not accept the statement as being true for fear of being slandered as an Anti-Semite.
I know what you're thinking; that the "geysers of blood" statement was the result of a short psychotic break in professor Wiesel's mental apparatus, which has since been repaired. Prepare yourself for a siege melancholy.