Elie Wiesel

He spoke truth to power - that was his greatness

By Deborah Lipstadt, July 7, 2016

Elie Wiesel's life as a Holocaust educator and peace activist are best encapsulated in the stories of his direct challenges to Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.


'Survival was sheer luck, not heroism' for Elie Wiesel

By Tom Tugend, July 7, 2016

Elie Wiesel was 15 when he arrived at Auschwitz and, after a year in the Buna and Buchenwald concentration camps, he was liberated by Allied troops aged 16.

"Logically, I shouldn't have survived," Mr Wiesel wrote in his 1995 memoirs. "Sickly, tired, fearful and lacking all resourcefulness, I never did anything to stay alive."


Elie Wiesel: An exemplar of a human

By Rabbi Joseph Kanofsky, July 7, 2016

Of all the titles and appellations appended to Elie Wiesel at his passing, there is one that I have not seen mentioned in the headlines. It was his most important quality and his salient trait, and hopefully the one for which he will be remembered: human being.


The importance of remembering the Holocaust

October 23, 2014

Why is it so important that we remember the Holocaust and how can we make sure future generations never forget?

The Holocaust is a contemporary issue. It cannot, and should not, be an event consigned to history.


Teen chosen to join Shoah panel

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2014

Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has selected a teenager from Lancashire to join David Cameron's commission on Shoah education.

Charlotte Cohen, 17, was one of a six-strong panel of youth ambassadors chosen earlier this month to work on developing educational tools to help future generations learn about the genocide.


Elie Wiesel: Should be no comparison between Holocaust and Iran

By Jennifer Lipman, April 19, 2012

Holocaust survivor and human rights advocate Elie Wiesel has cautioned against comparing the Iranian threat to the atrocities carried out by the Nazis.

Mr Wiesel, 83, told Globes that it was "unacceptable and impossible to make comparisons with the Holocaust".


Elie Wiesel: free Gilad Shalit, Liu Xiaobo and Sakineh Ashtiani

By Jennifer Lipman, December 21, 2010

Holocaust survivor and human rights advocate Elie Wiesel has launched a campaign to secure the release of three prominent prisoners from Israel, Iran and China.

Mr Wiesel’s Foundation for Humanity has set up a petition demanding the freedom of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo and the Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.

The petition says: "While we and our families celebrate this holiday season let us remember these and so many more political prisoners and their families around the world.”


Wiesel: build interfaith centre at Ground Zero

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2010

Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel has called for the establishment of an interfaith centre near the site of the September 11 terror attacks rather than the controversial “Ground Zero mosque.”


Wiesel calls on France to stop Roma deportations

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2010

Elie Wiesel has condemned the French government’s decision to expel Roma immigrants but cautioned that a comparison with the Nazi round-ups was not appropriate.

The Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor described the repatriation of Roma people from France to Romania and Bulgaria as unacceptable.

As a former refugee, Mr Wiesel expressed his solidarity with the Roma and called on French president Nicolas Sarkozy to stop the crackdown.

But he also said: "It is necessary to be careful with the language.

“These Roma are sent to Romania, to Hungary, not to Auschwitz.


'Obscene' Wiesel play to open in New York

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2010

A play on the Madoff financial scandal that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel branded "obscene" and "defamatory" is set to open in New York.

The renowned human rights campaigner had threatened legal action over the play, which depicted a fictional conversation between disgraced financier Bernie Madoff and Mr Wiesel.

But despite opposition from the Holocaust survivor, Imagining Madoff will go ahead, although in a small Hudson theatre rather than in its original Washington location.