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Where is God

Eliezer Wiesel (1928–2016) was a writer, professor, activist, and Holocaust survivor. One of his most famous books is Night, a powerful work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

The following is a short reading from Night about the hanging of three prisoners. I combined the short reading with the 2nd movement from The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs by Henryk Górecki (1933–2010). Górecki was a Polish composer of contemporary classical music. The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs is his most famous piece of music. It is a symphony in three movements. The first movement uses a 15th-century Polish lament of Mary, mother of Jesus. The second, a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II. The third a Silesian folk song of a mother searching for her son killed by the Germans in the Silesian uprisings. The first and third movements are written from the perspective of a parent who has lost a child, and the second movement from that of a child separated from a parent. The dominant themes of the symphony are motherhood and separation through war.

I should warn you that both the reading and the music are deeply harrowing.