Elie Wiesel

Critics Still Targeting Wiesel

Did the Nobel laureate have a moral blind spot on Israel?

07/13/2016 - 08:51
Staff Writer

Before Elie Wiesel was a survivor, he was a Jew. His introduction to Yiddishkeit had nothing to do with cuisine, comedy or politics, but the loneliness of exile, a yearning for Zion. He recalled that the first words of the first lullaby he ever heard were “In dem Bais Hamikdash,” in Jerusalem’s Holy Temple, the widowed daughter of Zion sits alone, rocking her “Yidele” to sleep, one day he’ll wander.

Jonathan Mark

Lessons From Elie Wiesel’s Lit Seminar

One of his Boston University students reflects on what the Nobel laureate taught, and on a world without him.

07/12/2016 - 15:19
Special To The Jewish Week

Someone has got to do the worrying, so I suppose I will take up my share without delay.

Elie Wiesel has rejoined his parents and sisters in the world of truth. What does that leave our world?

Elie Wiesel leading a seminar at Boston University in the late-’70s. BU.edu

Walking Arm In Arm With Elie Wiesel

07/12/2016 - 11:50

I first met Elie Wiesel when he was a young journalist working in New York in the late 1950s. We developed a close friendship, bound by a deep understanding of our experiences as teenagers during the Holocaust. Having survived, our mission was to make the world remember our martyrs and to break the pervasive silence about the Shoah. We were both driven to ensure the remembrance of the destruction of our people under the Nazis and their collaborators and to educate the world about the ultimate consequences of anti-Semitism, intolerance, inhumanity, and injustice.

Sam Bloch, President of the World Federation of Bergen-Belsen Associations. Getty Images

A Death That Impoverishes Us All: Saying Farewell To Elie Wiesel

07/07/2016 - 11:33

Jews and non-Jews from all walks of life, from the world-famous to the most humble, have already written eloquent, pained obituaries for Elie Wiesel, whose death last Shabbat came upon us like a punch in the stomach for which we were ill-prepared, despite his illness. I humbly add these words.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Wiesel’s Unfinished Business

He gave the Holocaust a brand name, but the genocides kept coming. Who will now stand guard over the voiceless?

07/05/2016 - 21:32
Special To The Jewish Week

Elie Wiesel’s near-universal public renown was due largely to his survival from Auschwitz. In a world where “survivor” came to signify either the Holocaust or a reality TV show, he was the world’s best-known practitioner of the trade.

Wiesel was Hitler’s worst posthumous nightmare — a Jew with a pen, a voice and a global pulpit. Getty Images

‘He Let Silence Be Articulated’

The impact of Wiesel’s groundbreaking memoir, ‘Night.’

07/05/2016 - 17:32
Staff Writer

A native of Highland Park, N.J., Alan Berger is a leading academic scholar of the Holocaust. He holds the Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair for Holocaust Studies at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, and previously founded the Jewish Studies Program at Syracuse University. Among his many books is “Children of Job: American Second-Generation Witnesses to the Holocaust” (SUNY Press), for which Elie Wiesel wrote the introduction.

Alan Berger: Elie Wiesel’s writings and speeches spoke to people of varied backgrounds. PHOTO COURTESY FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSI

Voice Of The Survivor Generation Who Bore Witness To Horror

Nobel laureate, author of the harrowing ‘Night,’ Elie Wiesel wrestled with his faith and urged the world to never forget the Holocaust.

07/05/2016 - 16:41
Staff Writer

Beginning early this year, two aging Holocaust survivors would meet once a week to talk about old times at one of their Upper East Side homes.

Elie Wiesel, during a 1986 visit to Yad Vashem, Wiesel is visible in the picture’s lower right corner. GETTY IMAGES

Elie Wiesel Symbolized Memory

07/05/2016 - 10:28
Special To The Jewish Week

Memory was the most vital element of Elie Wiesel’s life.  That’s why such institutions as Washington’s Holocaust Memorial Museum, New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, and Israel’s Yad Vashem were so dear to him. Especially Yad Vashem.

Elie Wiesel and wife Marion in 2014. Tim Boxer/JW

A Protégé Remembers Wiesel, And His Unfinished Business

He gave the Holocaust a brand name, but the genocides kept coming. Who now will stand guard over the voiceless?

07/03/2016 - 15:03
Special To The Jewish Week

Elie Wiesel’s near-universal public renown was due largely to his survival from Auschwitz. In a world where “survivor” came to signify either the Holocaust or a reality TV show, he was the world’s best-known practitioner of the trade.

Courtesy of JTA.org

Voice Of The Survivor Generation Who Bore Witness To Horror

Nobel laureate, author of the harrowing ‘Night,’ he wrestled with his faith and urged the world to never forget the Holocaust.

07/02/2016 - 18:59
Staff Writer

Beginning in early 2016, two aging Holocaust survivors would meet once a week to talk about old times at the Upper East Side home of one of the old friends.

Abraham Foxman, recently retired national director of the Anti-Defamation League, suggested the get-togethers to Elie Wiesel, author and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Foxman would come to Mr. Wiesel’s home.

Elie Wiesel speaks during a celebration of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's 20th anniversary in 2013. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty
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