Is "Night" by Elie Wiesel fiction? Was he ever questioned about
the book in court and what did he say?
No. "Night" is most certainly not fiction. Mr. Wiesel has the numeric tattoo given to him by the Nazi's on his arm that he had gotten in Auschwitz as young boy of 16.
Here he is in the concentration camp after liberation.
and as a teen at the time of the ghettos right before the deportations
Non responsive answer. The question of Wiesel's being in a camp
has nothing to do with whether what he wrote was accurate(therefore
non-fiction) or made up (i.e. fiction).As I understand it, he testified in court
in Canada in the trial of Zundel and admitted the book was fiction.
Specifically, he wrote that he had witnessed Jews being thrown alive intp
burning pits. Noone, even Wiesel, now believes this. (Do you, Yedda?)
Sadly, it is this fiction about the burning pits that gave the "Holocaust"
its name. Holocaust is an ancient term for a burnt offering to a God.
(This is Zan. I wrote the original question.)
You asked whether or not "Night" was fiction, I gave you my answer. I stand behind Mr. Wiesel's testimony of having survived something unthinkable and the way in which he experienced that.
"Night", in my opinion, mixes truth and one man's interpretation of that. His perception is his reality.
Given the ball-park figure of somewhere between 100,000-150,000 concentration camp survivors, and given the collective near identical testimonies of brutal mistreatment, inhumane acts of murder and torture, these survivors, who were spread out all over Europe, experienced at the hands of the Nazis in the camps, can certainly not be recognized as fiction. Maybe their own personal interpretations of how they experienced and witnessed these atrocities could be.
The fact, that is has been proven not only in testimony, but in the physical remains (of both human corpses, their belongings, and the buildings left behind) that were found in the camps, and the fact that no one can contest to the actual persecution and loss that came out of Nazi regime, should be the one thing that unites those of us who believe and those who do not.
There was nothing fictitious about the holocaust.