Many of us may recall being taught about the Holocaust growing up. Whether it be from our teachers or reading books such as Number The Stars or The Diary of Anne Frank. Such a horrific event that happened decades ago, still saddens our hearts today. The Holocaust claimed the lives of over six million Jews and left few survivors to tell their stories. Among them, Elie Wiesel shared his story with millions across the world. Sadly, Wiesel, Auschwitz Holocaust survivor passed away on Saturday in his home. He was 87 years old.
Who is Elie Wiesel?
Mr. Wiesel is one of the few to survive the wrath of Hitler during the Holocaust, which is deemed one of the most tragic and memorable events in history. As a survivor, he vowed not to keep silent about his horrific experiences during that time. But instead to share his story with others and prevent anything like it to ever happen again.
We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. – Elie Wiesel
Wiesel has written many books describing his life experiences and has given insight into humanities. Some of his best selling books include: Night, Dawn, and Open Heart. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 as being the voice of the many Holocaust victims.
What Impact Has Wiesel Left on The World?
Many people across social media are expressing their condolences for such a historic figure. The president is one of the first to express his sympathy as well as many other well known public figures. Of course, Wiesel touched the hearts of many others who were not in the public eye as well. Here are some of the tweets that show love and appreciation for the great man he was.
Elie Wiesel was a great moral voice of our time and a conscience for our world. He was also a dear friend. We will miss him deeply.
— President Obama (@POTUS) July 2, 2016
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) July 2, 2016
— Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) July 2, 2016
— Ross Gerber (@GerberKawasaki) July 2, 2016
— Grace Tuan (@gytuan) July 3, 2016
I remembered in my freshmen year of high school I read one of Wiesel's books "Night" and it was great. Unexpected news…RIP #ElieWiesel 😔
— CJ ♠️👑♍️ (@cxqo_x) July 3, 2016
#ElieWiesel you changed my look on life. Changed and wanted to learn and Never Forget the horrible things that happens during WWII
— Jackie Meza (@Its_Jackieeeee) July 3, 2016
Without a doubt Elie Wiesel will truly be missed and his legacy never forgotten. Even in his death he reminds us to be at peace with not just ourselves, but also one another.
Peace is our gift to each other. – Elie Wiesel