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Eli Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor, human rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, an American professor and the author of 57 books. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed novel Night, an autobiography of his experiences in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944–1945. Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928, in Sighet, present-day Romania, to an Orthodox Jewish family. His family was deported to Auschwitz when he was 15-year-old. His parents and younger sister perished in the Holocaust; he and his two older sisters survived. After the war, studied in Paris and went on to work as a journalist. In 1969, Wiesel married Marion Erster Rose. They had a son a 1972, who they named Shlomo Elisha Wiesel, after Wiesel’s father. In 1978, US President Jimmy Carter asked Wiesel to head the President's Commission on the Holocaust. In 1980, he became Founding Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. For his human rights activism, Weisel has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Liberty Award, the rank of Grand-Croix in the French Legion of Honor. After he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, his wife established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.
Despite the attempts at vilification, the tweets came in stark contrast to the majority of outpourings from world leaders, public figures, and countless people touched by Wiesel’s works.
Ad saying “Jews rejected child sacrifice 3,500 years ago... now it’s Hamas’s turn” was penned by Elie Wiesel and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
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Elie Wiesel, a warm, compassionate human rights activist. The world needs many people like you to stand against evil. May your soul rest in peace that you so deserve. I will miss you.
By RAPHAEL COHEN-ALMAGOR
Wiesel’s blend of belief and doubt, of questioning while clinging to Judaism and to Jewish belief, left a unique heritage and set the tone for Jewish life after the Shoah.
By REUVEN HAMMER
I asked my daughter why she was crying. "If we God forbid lose Elie Wiesel, there will be no more special people alive any more. There will be nobody left. He is the last of the giants," she said.
By SHMULEY BOTEACH
When I suggested to Governor Christie that he should meet Professor Wiesel he agreed immediately.
By RABBI SHMULEY BOTEACH
Wiesel will celebrate his 86th birthday on Simhat Torah and so I believe this is the perfect opportunity to hear from him and to talk about his writing.
By JOEL RAPPEL
We can’t hate even our enemies; it seeps into our blood and poisons us. But what happens when it is not our enemies but the enemies of humanity itself?
"'The mass of men,' observed American poet and historian Henry David Thoreau, 'lead lives of quiet desperation.'"
By STEWART WEISS
On this one point, I remain unsure, and continue to despise those monsters who would murder a child because of his nationality, religion, or race.
While the Holocaust was “uniquely unique” as Holocaust scholar Yehuda Bauer put it, there are important universal lessons to be acted upon
By IRWIN COTLER
It isn’t a blessing, it’s a curse, leaving you bitter rather than blessed, scarred rather than humble. Few endure it without serious trauma.
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