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Elie Wiesel’s death deplored in Romania

The Hebrew Communities Federation of Romania – Mosaic Cult (FCER-CM) deplores the death of Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Holocaust, a Nobel Prize for Peace laureate, saying that he was “a fighter against violence and genocide worldwide.”

“His spirit of justice has transformed him not only into an unyielding fighter for the memory of Holocaust, but also in a fighter against violence and genocide worldwide, no matter of the victims’ nationality,” says the FCER-CM in a release sent on Sunday to Agerpres.

The federation reminds about the speech Elie Wiesel has delivered at the Nobel Prize awarding ceremony.

“The life credo of Elie Wiesel was expressed by himself in the Nobel Prize acceptance speech when he said that he tried ‘to keep the memory alive.'”

I’ve tried to fight against all of those who forget. Because, if we forget, we become guilty, we are accomplices, said Elie Wiesel who believed that the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference, adds the release signed by the FCER-CM chairman, the MP Aurel Vainer and vice-chairman Paul Schwartz.

“The famous and the late Jew born at Sighet (northern Romania – author’s note) has led the ‘International Committee for Holocaust in Romania’, known as ‘The Wiesel Committee’ whose final Report led to the recognition by the Romanian state of the Holocaust in our country, to establishing the day of 9 October (the day the Jews of Transnistria started to be deported by order of Antonescu Government) as the Holocaust Remembrance Day in Romania,” the release says.


President Klaus Iohannis: Elie Wiesel will stay in the consciousness of humanity as a great spirit who opposed tyranny


President Klaus Iohannis has sent on Sunday a condolence message at the passing away of Romanian-born, U.S. writer and philosopher Elie Wiesel, emphasizing that the high lesson of life the latter has offered to humankind will be a source of moral inspiration.

“I learned with deep sadness the news on the death of Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Holocaust horrors and a Nobel Prize for Peace laureate. One of the personalities most influent who fully used this force to preach the virtues of tolerance and freedom, Elie Wiesel will stay in the consciousness of humanity as a great spirit who opposed tyranny and fought tirelessly for the cause of the underprivileged,” the message by president Iohannis reads, according to a release sent on Sunday to Agerpres.

The head of state stressed that Romania is honouring with respect the memory of Elie Wiesel, who was born here.

“Elie Wiesel has honoured us by accepting the chairmanship of the International Committee on the Holocaust in Romania and the work he has covered in this position. With his departure, we have all lost one of the strongest voices against oblivion and negativity,” added Iohannis.


PM Ciolos: Elie Wiesel – a messenger of humanity, a tireless voice against violence, oppression and racism


Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos sent a condolence and commemoration message on Sunday at the death of Elie Wiesel, saying that the Romanian-born U.S. writer and philosopher was “a messenger of humanity, a tireless voice against violence, oppression and racism.”

“Elie Wiesel went to God. A survivor of the Auschwitz labour camp and of the Holocaust horrors, he has distilled his suffering into love for one another,” reads the message by Ciolos, according to a release of the Government on Sunday.

The Prime Minister adds that the life and work of Elie Wiesel will remain in history as evidence of peace and human dignity, “manifestos of the belief shared by Elie Wiesel that the forces of good and freedom could be victor everywhere around the world.”

“May he rest in peace,” concluded Dacian Ciolos.


 MAE:   Elie Wiesel – an important part in accountability, national history from perspective of Holocaust tragedy in Romania


Elie Wiesel had an important part in accountability and national history from the perspective of the Holocaust tragedy in our country, says the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) in a release sent on Sunday to Agerpres.

“The Foreign Affairs Ministry learned with sadness about the passing away on 2 July 2016 of the laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize Elie Wiesel and sends a message of sincere condolence to his family. Elie Wiesel will remain in the memory of the entire world for the strong urges he has transmitted to the next generations to make whatever it takes to never forget the tragedy of the Holocaust and in particular to act together so that such a tragedy will never ever be possible,” the MAE message reads.

The MAE recalls that Elie Wiesel was born in Romania in 1928 and that he has survived the Auschwitz terror. Also, the ministry reminds that Elie Wiesel became the chairman of the International Committee for Holocaust in Romania.


Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel dies at 87 , world leaders pay tribute to his personality that has irreversibly marked humankind


The Holocaust survivor and Nobel peace laureate Elie Wiesel has died aged 87.

He passed away in the US , where he lived and had been a citizen since the 1960s.

Wiesel’s son, Elisha Wiesel, told NBC News on Saturday that the author had died, and said the family is observing Shabbat and has requested privacy at the moment.

Wiesel became famous after writing about his experiences as a teenager in Nazi concentration camps, where he lost his mother, father and younger sister.

He dedicated his life to ensuring the atrocities committed under the Nazis were never forgotten, and the president of the World Jewish Congress has called him “a beacon of light”.

Elie Wiesel was born in Romania in 1928. In 1940 his town, Sighet, was part of a region that was annexed by Hungary. Four years later the town’s entire Jewish population, including 15-year-old Elie and his family, was deported to Auschwitz.

Mr Wiesel’s mother and one sister were killed in Nazi death chambers. His father died of starvation and dysentery in the Buchenwald camp. Two other sisters survived.

After the war, Mr Wiesel lived in a French orphanage and went on to become a journalist.

He wrote more than 60 books, starting with “Night”, a memoir based on his experiences in the death camps.

It included the lines: “For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living.

“To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”

Wiesel told CNN last year that Auschwitz was “to this day, a source of shock and astonishment.”

Wiesel survived because an older Jew told him to tell the Nazis he was 18, old enough to work.

He told The New York Times he had thought about why he lived and others didn’t.

“If I survived, it must be for some reason,” Wiesel said in 1981. “I must do something with my life. It is too serious to play games with anymore, because in my place, someone else could have been saved. And so I speak for that person. On the other hand, I know I cannot.”

The atrocities he witnessed fueled Wiesel to combat inhumanity around the world, including in the former Yugoslavia and in Darfur — efforts that in 1986, earned him a Nobel Peace Prize.

“We must speak, we must take sides, for neutrality helps the oppressor — never the victim,” he said upon receiving the prize.

The prize’s citation referred to him as “a messenger to mankind.”

Wiesel became an outspoken advocate of education on the Holocaust when President Jimmy Carter appointed him chairman of the Presidential Commission on the Holocaust in 1978. In that role, he helped create the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

A quote from Wiesel — “for the dead and the living, we must bear witness” — is displayed at the museum’s entrance.

“My father raised his voice to presidents and prime ministers when he felt issues on the world stage demanded action,” Elisha Wiesel said in a statement released later Saturday. “But those who knew him in private life had the pleasure of experiencing a gentle and devout man who was always interested in others, and whose quiet voice moved them to better themselves.”

“I will hear that voice for the rest of my life, and hope and pray that I will continue to earn the unconditional love and trust he always showed me,” Elisha Wiesel said.


‘Take sides’


Mr Wiesel’s use of the term Holocaust helped cement the word’s association with Nazi atrocities against the Jews.

In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for his role in speaking out against violence, repression and racism.

When accepting it, he said: “Whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation, take sides.

“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

After Mr Wiesel’s death, the head of the World Jewish Congress said he was “undoubtedly one of the great Jewish teachers and thinkers of the past 100 years”.

Mr Wiesel leaves a wife, Marion, who also survived the Holocaust, as well as a son, Elisha.

“My husband was a fighter. He fought for the memory of the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, and he fought for Israel. He waged countless battles for innocent victims regardless of ethnicity or creed,” his widow, Marion, said in a statement released by the writer’s foundation.


Friends and world leaders remember Elie Wiesel


As a writer, a speaker, an activist, and a thinker, he was one of those people who changed the world more as a citizen of the world than those who hold office or traditional positions of power. His life, and the power of his example, urges us to be better. — President Barack Obama

The State of Israel and the Jewish people deeply mourn the death of Elie Wiesel. Elie, a master of words, gave expression through his exceptional personality, and fascinating books about the victory of the human spirit over cruelty and evil. In the darkness of the Holocaust in which our brothers and sisters — 6 million — were murdered, Elie Wiesel was a ray of light and greatness of humanity who believed in the good in man. — Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

He emerged from one of the darkest chapters of human history consumed not by vengeance, but rather a desire to quell the fires of prejudice and bigotry by serving the cause of hope and leading the pursuit of justice and peace. — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Boston University is losing an iconic teacher who brought an incredible intensity to every encounter with students and colleagues. It was a privilege to know and work with him. He will be missed. — Michael Zank, director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University

Elie shouldered the blessing and the burden of survival. In words and deeds, he bore witness and built a monument to memory to teach the living and generations to come the perils of human indifference. As he often said, one person of integrity can make a difference. For so many, he was that difference — including at the dedication of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1993 when he urged me to stop the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. — President Bill Clinton

As President, I was honored to have consulted with this fine citizen of the world. I am grateful for his insight on the value of human life and for his generous spirit and big heart. He was an example of a graceful life, and that example will influence millions for generations to come. — President George W. Bush

Throughout my career, I relied on his friendship and his counsel. And I will never forget the generosity of spirit he showed to my family and me. Elie implanted in my soul an unwavering insistence that we must educate every successive generation to exactly what happened, so that we can never forget the horrors of the Shoah. It was Elie’s life-long work to make sure each of us carried in our hearts that promise — never again. — Vice President Joe Biden

Elie Wiesel, of blessed memory, embodied the determination of the human spirit to overcome the darkest of evils and survive against all the odds. His life was dedicated to the fight against all hatred, and for the sake of man as created in the image of God — he was a guide for us all — Israel President Reuven Rivlin

Today, the Jewish people and the world lost a larger than life individual – Holocaust survivor, author and Nobel prize laureate Elie Wiesel. Wiesel left his mark on humanity through preserving and upholding the legacy of the Holocaust and delivering a message of peace and respect between people worldwide. — Shimon Peres, former President of Israel

Elie Wiesel was more than a revered writer. He was also a teacher for many of us. He taught us about the horrors of Auschwitz. He taught us about Judaism, about Israel, and about not being silent in the face of injustice. … Although he was always a soft-spoken man, his message was clear and straightforward. — Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress

His impact endures in his brilliant writings, the students he taught, the millions of lives he touched, and in a building in the heart of the capital of the free world, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he was the founding father. Today, the museum and the cause of Holocaust remembrance are taken for granted. Only a few know of the long struggle that was required. — United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield

He really epitomized to my mind the verse from the Hebrew scriptures, the book of Leviticus, Chapter 19, when it says when your brother’s blood is spilled, thou shall not stand idly by. He never stood by. It didn’t matter whose blood was spilled. He spoke out. And he became a voice, a moral voice, with a ringing echo throughout the world. — Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University and Wiesel’s friend.

(Compiled from BBC and CNN)



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