Review of Witness

Looking for the book?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 10 minutes.

Witness book summary
Start getting smarter:
or see our plans


9 Overall

9 Applicability

8 Innovation

9 Style


Rabbi, artist and author Ariel Burger provides a fascinating look into the life and classroom of a monumental 20th-century thinker. Elie Wiesel (1928–2016) was a Nobel laureate, an adviser to world leaders and a powerful activist who drew from his experiences of surviving the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. Burger, Wiesel’s longtime student and protégé, provides an introduction and detailed guide to his mentor’s inspirational approach to life, thought, religion and unity. Wiesel’s history provides a unique backdrop for Burger’s analysis of politics, current events and the future.  Wiesel said, “Listening to a witness makes you a witness.” Burger’s memories and insights allow every reader to experience Wiesel’s classroom and become a witness. Readers seeking moral sensitivity and lessons on creating an aware moral viewpoint will find much to consider in this remarkable collection of reflections and remembrance.

About the Author

Author, rabbi, artist and teacher Ariel Burger was a lifelong student of Elie Wiesel, whose teachings profoundly influenced him. 


“The Power of Education” 

Burger provides an introduction and detailed guide to his mentor’s inspirational approach to life, thought, religion and unity. Wiesel remains one of the foremost chroniclers of the Holocaust and the concentration camp experience. Students worldwide read Wiesel’s memoir, Night, when they study World War II. Burger details how Wiesel, drawing from his experiences during the Holocaust, worked throughout his adult life to aid oppressed people worldwide. Burger notes that Wiesel was a famed public speaker, best-selling author and powerful advocate. But, Burger insists, the role Wiesel embraced most passionately was being a teacher.


Burger describes himself as being like Wiesel, in that he grew up studying ancient Jewish texts and found comfort in learning. Burger says he loved to draw as a child and to read children’s fairy tales and folklore stories, which he often conflated with parables in the Bible. Burger says his broad reading taught him how to pursue his goals, conquer difficulties, and think about morality and ethics.

More on this topic

Customers who read this also read

Investing with Purpose
Seoul Man
This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
Trash Talks
Invisible Influence

Related Channels

Comment on this recommendation