Holocaust Remembrance Day: Elie Wiesel on what makes us moral

Monday, April 24, 2017

Minnesota Public Radio News

The late Elie Wiesel was a Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner who remained firm in his belief that we simply cannot be indifferent to the suffering of others.

Wiesel was born in 1928 in a village in Transylvania. He was 15 years old when he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz. His mother and younger sister died in that camp, his two older sisters survived. Wiesel and his father were later transported to Buchenwald, where his father died just months before the camp was liberated by U.S. troops in April of 1945.

For some ten years, Wiesel didn't speak about the Holocaust. But then he began to write about it, he also wrote about morality and intolerance. He wrote more than 40 books and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

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