By Elie Wiesel, April 17, 2008
1948: A new dawn
The Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner recalls how it felt to experience the moment of independence
For the Jewish child in me, Israel represents an irresistible call to hope, and Jerusalem a powerful love song.
In my small Romanian town, nestled in the Carpathians, I often walked the streets imagining myself sitting on a bench somewhere in Judea, listening to a master explain the mystery of words, the strength of memories and the human thirst for miracles.