I meant to do this closer to when I found out that Elie Wiesel had passed away. For those of you who do not know, Elie Wiesel was a Holocaust survivor who went on to write Night. It’s probably one of the most famous books about the Holocaust, and it takes you through everything he experienced with his family at the concentration camp Birkenau, and later, Auschwitz. It’s an incredibly moving and thought-provoking book, and if you haven’t read it, I would definitely recommend doing so. I feel like it’s one of those books you have to read at least once.
I believe he was definitely an amazing and wise man, so I wanted to share some quotes by him. Hope you enjoy!
We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.
I decided to devote my life to telling the story because I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead, and anyone who does not remember betrays them again.
Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.
Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.
I write to understand as much as to be understood.
For the last one, I actually took a class my freshman year of college called “Echoes of the Holocaust.” It was taught by my all time favorite professor who actually wrote to Elie Wiesel and asked him if he would like to say anything to the upcoming class he would be teaching (my class). This is what he said, “Think higher, feel deeper.” For some reason, I’ve never been able to get over that last part. After everything he saw, experienced, and lost, he still encourages people to keep feeling, to feel deeper. I think that’s absolutely incredible.