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Elie Wiesel: Never shall I forget

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Elie Wiesel’s statement, “…to remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all…”stands as a succinct and memorable summary of his views on life and serves as the driving force of his work.

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Wiesel is the author of thirty six works dealing with Judaism, the Holocaust, and the moral responsibility of all people to fight hatred, racism and genocide. Born September 30, 1928, Eliezer Wiesel led a life representative of many Jewish children.

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Growing up in a small village in Romania, his world revolved around family, religious study, community and God. Yet his family, community and his innocent faith were destroyed upon the deportation of his village in 1944. Arguably the most powerful and renowned passage in Holocaust literature, his first book, Night, records the inclusive experience of the Jews:

Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky.

Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never….

Information:

Elie Wiesel – TIME
I remember the icy snow crunching beneath our every step, the subzero wind biting at our bare faces, the quiet utter stillness. As we walked the vast landscape of Auschwitz, I had the honor of being on these once cursed, now sacred, grounds with Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

Oprah Talks to Elie Wiesel
He’s a man who’s lived through hell without ever hating. Who’s been exposed to the most depraved aspects of human nature but still manages to find love, to believe in God, to experience joy.

Elie Wiesel Interview – Academy of Achievement
“My childhood was really a childhood blessed with love and hope and faith and prayer.

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