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Ellie Wiesel (1928-2016)

Discussion in 'WWII Era Obituaries (non-military service)' started by Otto, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. Otto

    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 87

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/03/world/europe/elie-wiesel-auschwitz-survivor-and-nobel-peace-prize-winner-dies-at-87.html?_r=0

    "Wiesel first gained attention in 1960 with the English translation of “Night,” his autobiographical account of the horrors he witnessed in the camps as a 15-year-old boy. He wrote of how he had been plagued by guilt for having survived while millions died, and tormented by doubts about a God who would allow such slaughter."

    Part of a grade school history lesson, Night was the first book I read about the Shoa. It always left an impression on me, as it was a straight, candid description of events written without brow beating the German oppressors.

    On an interesting related note, I just arrived in North Carolina visiting my excellent in-laws. When I walked in the door this morning, I saw this sitting on the table, a gift from my mother in-law intended for the long drive home. It was especially significant after I heard the news of Mr. Wiesel's passing shortly afterward.
     

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    A great book and a great man. RIP :poppy:
     
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    I had the opportunity to hear him speak when he came to Xavier University a few years ago. I was in awe when I was listening to him. One of the things that I remember him talking about was about how when the camp was liberated the soldiers were giving out pork, which in accordance with Jewish traditions, Jews cannot have. However it was the only thing they were handing out at that time so the liberated prisoners saw no problem in eating the pork. A very inspiring man. He inspired many generations to come; including mine. He was a major advocate and promoter of peace and never stopped advocating for many others. He was an inspiration to me and this world. I know and I continue to pray that his teachings will live on into eternity. May this humble, inspiring and very admirable man rest in peace.

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    May he R.I.P. :poppy:
     
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    An amazing man and a great legacy. Be at peace, Mr. Wiesel. :poppy:

    "I decided to devote my life to telling the story because I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead, and anyone who does not remember betrays them again." -- Elie Wiesel
     
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    RIP. Great man indeed.
     

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