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Trial of God, the (1979) [Play]
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Where is God when innocent human beings suffer? This drama lays bare the most vexing question confronting the moral imagination.

Set in a Ukrainian village in the year 1649, this haunting play takes place in the aftermath of a pogrom. Only two Jews, Berish the innkeeper and his daughter Hannah, have survived the brutal Cossack raids. When three itinerant actors arrive in town to perform a Purim play, Berish demands that they stage a mock trial of God instead, indicting Him for His silence in the face of evil. Berish, a latter-day Job, is prepared to be the prosecutor. But who will defend God? A mysterious stranger named Sam, who seems oddly familiar to everyone present, shows up just in time to volunteer.

The idea for this play came from an event Wiesel witnessed as a boy in Auschwitz: "Three rabbis--all erudite and pious men--decided one evening to indict God for allowing His children to be massacred. I remember: I was there, and I felt like crying. But there nobody cried."

Original title: Le Procès de Shamgorod
Original languages: French


Genre: Drama and PlaysHistorical
Drama and PlaysReligious And Holiday

Edition #1: Trial of God, the

Trial of God, the (1979)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Marion Wiesel
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Trial of God, the (1979)

ISBN: 0805210539

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