Remembering Elie Wiesel, Z"L

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Posted by: Laura Blum on Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Elie Wiesel

The death of author, Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, z"l, has touched off a welter of thoughts and emotions. We remember his path—from small town Romania to the Nazi death camps to the soulful heights of writing, activism and reflection on what it means to be human.

Elie Wiesel contributed to the moral wealth of world leaders and ordinary readers. His voice emboldened the campaign to free Soviet Jews. He stood with Jewish communities everywhere and reminded them why we must come together.

Remarked Pam Ehrenkranz, CEO of UJA/JCC Greenwich, "I did not know him, but I know very few people who were not impacted by his words, whether in print or heard in person. I had the privilege of hearing him speak when I was in my early 20s, and what he said made a huge impression on me." 

These were Wiesel's words: "When a Jew anywhere is in distress, a Jew nowhere should sleep well at night." 
Celebrating the man's insights and accomplishments, Ehrenkranz offered, "He expanded that message to include all of humanity over his lifespan. As has been said in so many obituaries and tributes, he was the moral conscience of humanity." 
"So now, I just wonder, who will speak for him?"


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