About Alan Rosen
Dr. Avraham (Alan) Rosen writes and teaches on Holocaust literature, testimony, history and topics of traditional Jewish concern. He is most recently the author of The Holocaust’s Jewish Calendars: Keeping Time Sacred, Making Time Holy (Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2019), and the editor of Elie Wiesel: Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives (Indiana UP, 2013, finalist, National Jewish Book Awards) and Literature of the Holocaust (Cambridge UP, 2013, also a finalist, National Jewish Book Award). His current writing, including two books and a number of articles, focuses largely on the legacy of his teacher and mentor, Elie Wiesel.
He has taught at universities and colleges, yeshivas and seminaries in Israel and the United States, and lectures regularly on Holocaust Literature and Testimony at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies and other Holocaust study centers. In Fall, 2017, he was awarded the “Susan Herman Award for Leadership in Holocaust and Genocide Awareness” from Kean State University
Born and raised in Los Angeles, educated in Boston under the direction of Elie Wiesel, he lives in Jerusalem with his wife, children, and grandchildren.
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About David Patterson
David Patterson holds the Hillel A. Feinberg Distinguished Chair in Holocaust Studies at the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, University of Texas at Dallas, and is a Senior Research Fellow for the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitsm and Policy (ISGAP). He is a member of the Executive Board of the Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches. He has lectured at universities on six continents and throughout the United States. A winner of the National Jewish Book Award, the Koret Jewish Book Award, the Hadassah Mytrle Wreath Award, and the Holocaust Scholars’ Conference Eternal Flame Award, he has published more than 40 books and more than 250 articles, essays, and book chapters on antisemitism, the Holocaust, and Jewish studies. His most recent books are Eighteen Words to Sustain a Life (Wipf & Stock, forthcoming), Judaism, Antisemitism, Holocaust: Making the Connections (Cambridge, 2022), Shoah and Torah (Routledge, 2022), Portraits: Elie Wiesel’s Hasidic Legacy (SUNY, 2021), The Holocaust and the Non-Representable (SUNY, 2018), Anti-Semitism and Its Metaphysical Origins (Cambridge, 2015), and A Genealogy of Evil: Anti-Semitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihad (Cambridge, 2010).
Buy his most recent book Portraits: The Hasidic Legacy of Elie Wiesel: https://amzn.to/3T4NfTi
Bookfest Presents David Patterson and Alan Rosen
David Patterson and Alan Rosen Discuss Elie Wiesel’s Souls on Fire on the 50th Anniversary of Publication
In partnership with Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at UTD
Time/Place: November 20, 11:00 AM on Zoom
In Souls on Fire: Portraits and Legends of Hasidic Masters, Elie Wiesel re-enters, like an impassioned pilgrim, the universe of Hasidism.
Souls on Fire is not a simple chronological history of Hasidism, nor is it a comprehensive book on its subject. Rather, Elie Wiesel has captured the essence of Hasidism through tales, legends, parables, sayings, and deeply personal reflections. His book is a testimony, not a study. Hasidism is revealed from within and not analyzed from the outside. “Listen attentively,” Elie Wiesel’s grandfather told him, “and above all, remember that true tales are meant to be transmitted—to keep them to oneself is to betray them.” Wiesel does not merely tell us, but draws, with the hand of a master, the portraits of the leaders of the movement that created a revolution in the Jewish world. Souls on Fire is a loving, personal affirmation of Judaism, written with words and with silence. The author brings his profound knowledge of the Bible, the Talmud, Kabbala, and the Hasidic tale and song to this masterpiece, showing us that Elie Wiesel is perhaps our generation’s most fervid “soul on fire.”