by Elie Wiesel, published by Penguin, (2008), 9780141038995
Seen by many as the most extreme manifestation of moral evil, the Holocaust is often discussed in the RE classroom. In this autobiography we follow a pious teenage Jew who was taken to the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald during World War II. Themes around the question of faith in the face of such inhumane treatments are explored throughout the book as the boy eventually loses his faith and becomes an agnostic, cultural Jew. Chapter 4, where Wiesel is forced to watch the murder of a young boy on the gallows, is a particularly powerful way to discuss the problem of evil. As the boy is dying, someone in the crowd asks 'Where is God?' and Elie responds in his heart that God is being murdered in front of him, too: 'Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God.' Later in life, Elie stated had he had retained some faith in a God but that it was a wounded faith (with 6 million reasons he could give for why God does not exist). As well as the problem of evil, discussions around the persecution of minorities, the development of human rights, the nature of faith and Jewish identity post-Holocaust can be explored through using this resource.