Elie Wiesel and the philosophy of witnessing, English homework help

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After reading passage posted in pictures answer following questions( might need to zoom in to read passages)


1. Wiesel says the only role I sought as a writer was that of witness. what does he mean by witness find examples of his role through out the essay.

what does wiesel mean by nit to transmit an experience is to retrieve what experience is to betray it what experience does his writing transmit. why is this important to Wiesel to humanity does why i write fulfill Wiesel commitment to make no become yes..explain?

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Why I Write: Making No Become a Yes
Question 1
Elie Wiesel expresses his philosophy of witnessing. As a survivor of holocaust, he said, “I believed
that, having survived by chance, I was duty-bound to give meaning to my survival, to justify each moment of
my life. I knew the story had to be told. Not to transmit an experience is to betray it.” This statement elaborates
what he means by witness. He gives a voice to the victims who succumbed in the Holocaust. On page 17, the
author rhetorically asks if the reader could be brought to the other side. T...

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