Elie Wiesel

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Elie Wiesel, 2006

Eliezer Wiesel (September 30, 1928 – July 2, 2016), commonly known as Elie Wiesel, was born in Romania. Wiesel is the author of 36 books dealing with Judaism, the Holocaust, and the moral responsibility of all people to fight hatred, racism and genocide. He survived being in the most dreaded of the concentration camps; Auschwitz, Buna, Buchenwald and Gleiwitz. After the liberation of the camps in April 1945, Wiesel spent a few years in a French orphanage and in 1948 was admitted and began to study at the Sorbonne. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for his various humanitarian works.

Immediately after his death, Leftist activists including Max Blumenthal took to social media to castigate the Holocaust survivor over his support for Israel.[1]

Death camp experience

Wiesel's first book, "Night", records his experience, the experience of all of the Jews sent to the camps:

Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.

Homosexuality among Nazi officers

See also: Nazi Germany and homosexuality, Samuel Igra, and Germany's National Vice

He also noted the homosexuality present among officers:[2]

Our tent leader was a German. An assassin's face, fleshy lips, hands resembling a wolf's paws. The camp's food had agreed with him; he could hardly move, he was so fat. Like the head of the camp, he liked children. Immediately after our arrival, he had bread brought for them, some soup and margarine. (In fact, this affection was not entirely altruistic; there existed here a veritable traffic of children among homosexuals, I learned later.)

Night, p. 48


Indifference elicits no response. Indifference is not a response. Indifference is not a beginning; it is an end. And, therefore, indifference is always the friend of the enemy, for it benefits the aggressor—never his victim, whose pain is magnified when he or she feels forgotten. The political prisoner in his cell, the hungry children, the homeless refugees—not to respond to their plight, not to relieve their solitude by offering them a spark of hope is to exile them from human memory. And in denying their humanity, we betray our own.

—"The Perils of Indifference," Apr. 12, 1999[3]


  1. July 3, 2016. After death, critics attack Wiesel legacy over Israel support. The Times of Israel. Retrieved October 8, 2023.
  2. Night, p. 48. Internet Archive. Retrieved October 8, 2023.
  3. Wiesel, Elie (April 12, 1999). The Perils of Indifference. American Rhetoric. Retrieved October 8, 2023.