By Élie Wiesel
From his early years together with his loving Jewish kin to the horrors of Auschwitz to his lifestyles as a Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Elie Wiesel tells his tale. Passionate and poignant, All Rivers Run to the ocean is an unforgettable e-book of affection and rage, doubt and religion, depression and belief, and eventually, of knowledge, of images.
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Enriched by the experience of the A4 tests, on our return from Kapustin Yar we immediately switched over to the task of developing domestic rockets, as the saying goes, without pausing to catch our breath. In the process of preparing for and conducting launches, we had discovered too many defects. Each of these defects, each negative observation and accident during launch needed to be thoroughly analyzed and a decision made as to what modifications were necessary for the creation of our own domestic R-1 rocket.
Gonor invited Korolev, Voskresenskiy, and me to a meeting with the chief of the country’s first state rocket test range. When we entered, a broad-shouldered lieutenant-general of above-average height stood up to meet us. His chest was decorated with row after row of service ribbons and the Gold Star of a Hero of the Soviet Union. He gave each of us a firm handshake and wore a teasing, kind smile as he studied us, looking us straight in the eyes. “Well, well. I thought General Gonor had officers, but I see that you all are running around in undershirts quenching your thirst with Borzhomi mineral water.