And writer, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel has died. The author of several dozen books, Wiesel testified to the horrors of the Holocaust. He was born September 30, 1928, in Romania. When the Nazis invaded, he and his family were deported to Auschwitz, which became the subject of his most famous book, “Night.” He went on to be an outspoken human rights activist on many issues, although he generated controversy in the human rights community by denying Israel’s role in the mass expulsion and continued oppression of Palestinians. In 1986, Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This is part of his acceptance speech.
Elie Wiesel: “I know that as long as one dissident is in prison, our freedom cannot be true. As long as one child is hungry, our lives will be filled with anguish and shame, for I have seen children hungry. What all these victims need, above all, is to know that they are not alone, that we are not forgetting them.”