What not to call a Holocaust survivor

By Jennifer Lipman
December 23, 2010


There are many ways of describing Holocaust survivors. Courageous. Inspirational. Defiant.

But “winner” usually isn’t on the list.

So the powers-that-be at Fox News in America must be rather red-faced right now, after inadvertently (one hopes) captioning Elie Wiesel as a “Holocaust winner”.

Mr Wiesel, a Nobel Laureate, spent his youth as a prisoner of the Nazis in Auschwitz and Buchenwald, as detailed in his memoir Night. He may have survived the Holocaust, but describing him as one of life’s winners is, I’d hazard, going too far.

Fox was founded by Rupert Murdoch, who Forbes put as the 117th richest person in the world this year. Perhaps he should spend some of that on a caption-checker? He could do worse than employ eagle-eyed blogger Young Manhattanite, who spotted the blooper in the first place.


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