The Trial of God by Elie Wiesel

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The Trial of God is a play that was written by Elie Wiesel. The play was first published in 1979. The play was set in a feudal European settlement where three travelling Jewish artistes put God on trial to answer for His quietness during a pogrom. It is a powerful drama with historical and especially post-Shoah concerns surrounding faith. While imprisoned in Auschwitz, Elie Wiesel witnessed a trial. It was not unusual for prisoners to witness trials, this one would be different and very unusual. It was unusual because of the defendant. God was on trial. God was tried for turning his back and ignoring the Jewish people in their ultimate hour of need. God was tried in absentia. I mean how you can put God on the witness stand is a question all in itself. There was one problem, no one was willing to take on the role of God's attorney. God was eventually found guilty. After the verdict was announced, the "court" prayed. How is that for an oxymoron? But this incident, which served as the inspiration for The Trial of God, is part of the long Jewish tradition of arguing with God. Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in Transylvania, which is now Romania. He and his family were deported by the Nazi’s in 1943 to the most notorious concentration camp of all time, Auschwitz. He regained his freedom in 1945 when the camp he was at, he was transferred to Buchenwald with his father, was liberated by the allies. After the war, Elie studied writing and became a journalist in Paris. It was
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