Posted on November 8, 2010 at 11:23 am
The following news release has been sent to Boston, MA and Orange County, CA campus and regular media, and to selected Internet sites. It will also be mailed to students at BU and CU, where Elie Wiesel holds positions as a teacher. This is a major effort on our part, and we ask the assistence of our readers to publicize this extraordinary event, with all its hope for the exercise of free speech and the removal of taboos.
“A Question of Ethics” Essay Contest announced for Boston and Chapman University students; $1000 in prizes
We are pleased to announce the first East Coast—West Coast “A Question of Ethics” Essay Contest for students enrolled at Boston University in Massachusetts and Chapman University in Orange, California.
The winning essay will be awarded $500; second prize will receive $250; two honorable mentions $125 each. The winning essays will be published on the web site Elie Wiesel Cons The World.
The essays must analyze one or more ethical issues surrounding Elie Wiesel as they are presented on the pages of the website Elie Wiesel Cons The World. These issues may include [not in order of importance]
- Prof. Wiesel’s refusal to show his claimed tattoo.
- The documents from Buchenwald that do not support Wiesel’s presence there.
- His claim to be in the famous Buchenwald Liberation Photo when, according to his book, he was deathly ill in the hospital at the time.
- His close association with the Irgun terrorist gang in the late 1940’s.
- The questions surrounding the authorship of his first book, Un di Velt Hot Gesvign, allegedly 866 pages written in less than two weeks while on a ship crossing the Atlantic.
- The insistence that his book Night, read by school children all over the world, is a factual account of his experience at Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
Though the essays must utilize the information made available on Elie Wiesel Cons The World, information from other sources is acceptable as additional material. Our objective is for the essayists to examine the ethics challenges facing Prof. Wiesel in light of the information we have provided at our website.
Deadline for essays to be received is Feb. 1st, 2011. To be considered for a prize, essays must be a minimum of 500 words. Proof of registration as a student at Boston or Chapman University must accompany the essay. This can be a copy of one’s current semester course registration along with a University ID card. Manuscripts should be emailed to [email protected] with the subject line: Ethics Essay Contest.