For those not aware an Auschwitz survivor Mr Gruener published a book a few years agon, Stolen Identity, where he alleged that Professor Wiesel had not been in Auschwitz but had essentially plagiarised his book Night from a memoir of an older man, Lazar Wiesel, who had had the A-7713 registration number. Mr Gruener then located a number of documents in the Buchenwald archives that seemed to back his case.
I have brought together some information here
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which might, and I stress MIGHT, indicate that if Mr Gruener is correct a possible solution is that Professor Wiesel is a relation to the Lazar Wiesel he knew. And that Professor Wiesel in reality had parents called Golda Feig and Mendel Wiesel
The first suggestion is this - a listing of the Feig family tree that suggests there are 3 living children of Golda and Mendel
The second suggestion is that Professor Wiesel seems to strip the names of Sara and Shlomo which appear in the Yiddish version from the French version of Night
The suggestion is that Professor Wiesel seems to misleadingly deal with the issue of Mendel Wiesel and is family in his memoir All Rivers Run to Sea (although everyone does have the right to conceal family matters and not reveal everything in a memoir - so long as there is no intention to deceive). This is the passage
For those interested I have also reproduced the documents Mr Gruener located hereAfter the war I questioned every survivor of the second transport I could find, seeking news of Uncle Mendel and his family. I thought I found the answer in 1988, when an elderly man called out to me in the lobby of a Miami Beach hotel. [....] And then he told me. At first Mendel and his son had been spared, like my father and me, and had been sent to a camp where conditions were relatively tolerable. But they were in different barracks and saw each other only during the day, at work. One night they could not bear to be separated. When the roll was called, the SS Blockfuehrer counted and recounted the prisoners and order: “Let the prisoner who does not belong in this barracks show himself.” Mendel’s son took a few steps forward. “Closer!” the officer shouted. My young cousin obeyed, halting when he reached the SS man. The officer slowly drew his revolver and shot my cousin in the head, point-blank. My uncle, that sweet and timid man, hurled himself onto his son’s body, as if to protect him in death. The SS man stared at him for a long moment and then shot him in the head too. “Ever since then,” my witness said, “I see Mendel and his son in my dreams.”
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And I recommend his book where he, with some dignity and courage, tells his story
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Again, I stress this is only a possible solution. I present the material as much to encourage the parties to present the information (such as a tattoo - if it exists) that answers Mr Gruener's questions and remove this issue beyond all doubt. Or at least eliminate the suggestion I present as a possible solution - as no one wants to peddle a falsehood.