As we begin our Chanukah celebrations, you may want to pause to contemplate another battle of the weak and strong, a hard-won victory of light over darkness. Oprah Winfrey sat down with Elie Wiesel, with whom she shares a decades-long friendship and many life-changing experiences, for her Emmy Award winning series, “Super Soul Sunday.” The episode will air on December 9 at 11:00 a.m. ET on the OWN Network.
As a Nobel Prize winner and the author of the bestselling Holocaust memoir “Night,” a past Oprah Book Club selection, Wiesel still has much insight and wisdom to convey. In his latest memoir, “Open Heart,” he poetically and insightfully relates his thoughts and feelings and his recent experience of heart surgery.
“Every moment counts, every second matters.” Wiesel acknowledges that while he always knew this on an intellectual level, on the operating room table, he felt it for the first time. Oprah marvels at the fact that though Wiesel admits he lived with death and even “in death” at Auschwitz, he still had some fears. Wiesel also writes, “Every moment is a new beginning,” and still feels he has much to do in his life.
Though we are all aware of the inevitable loss of the entire generation of Holocaust survivors, Wiesel remains optimistic that, “to listen to a witness is to become a witness,” and therefore the readers of his books and other Holocaust literature will bear witness for future generations. Oprah includes herself among the witnesses after her heart-wrenching tour of Poland with Wiesel for her birthday seven years ago. She exclaims, “It was quite a gift.” [A re-broadcast of that show will air from noon-1 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.]
This show will shed a new perspective on our traditional concept of Chanukah, including what a gift really is, our connection to family, and fighting indifference. As Wiesel writes, “Even in darkness, it is possible to create light.”