Elie Wiesel, author, activist, and humanitarian, committed his life to Holocaust education.
Born in Sighet, Romania in 1928, Wiesel was liberated by the U.S. Third Army after surviving four concentration camps including Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
His literary contributions and willingness to serve as a witness to the annihilation of six million Jews brought him to Kean University on December 3, 1986.
A guest of the Holocaust Resource Center and Holocaust Resource Foundation, Wiesel spoke to a large audience. He eloquently recounted moral and philosophical questions that resonated from his Holocaust experience. He challenged members of the audience to “never forget” by teaching others of human tragedy and loss through the experiences of Holocaust Survivors.
“Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant.” E. Wiesel
His legacy will help us frame future discussions on human rights issues far into the future.