Saturday, July 2, 2016

Voice, Unstilled

Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust who made it his mission to remind the world of what had happened to him and his people at the hands of evil men, passed away Saturday at 87.

Wiesel recounted his experiences as a teenage prisoner of the Buchenwald concentration camp, including the loss of his father, mother and sister, in his 1955 memoir Night. He would go on to write many more books and articles, raising awareness of the Holocaust itself and working to uncover abuses of human rights in many other areas of the world. In 1986, he received the Nobel Peace Prize to honor his work.

Wiesel, it should be noted, outlived the "thousand-year Reich" that tried to kill him by some 71 years. He was pretty clearly opposed to their modern heirs as well.

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