Saturday, July 2, 2016

Elie Wiesel (1928 - 2016)



Amazon Book Review: Elie Wiesel"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, but indifference between life and death." --Elie Wiesel

 

Elie Wiesel died on July 2nd in his New York home. He was 87.

Born in Romania, Wiesel was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland with his family in 1944, before being moved to Buchenwald a year later. A decade after his liberation, his memoir Night recounted the horrors of the camps and the Holocaust.

Wiesel continued to write, eventually publishing more than 50 books. During an academic career, which included positions at Boston University and Yale, Wiesel continued to speak about his experiences and the dangers of apathy in the face of atrocity. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. In 1988, he founded the Wiesel Foundation to "combat indifference, intolerance, and injustice."

His passing was announced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and has been confirmed by his son, Elisha.

 

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