New York – The JCPA mourns the passing of Elie Wiesel z”l, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate. Wiesel was a powerful story teller, who brought to life the experience of the Holocaust to millions of people all over the world. Indeed, his book Night is required reading in many school systems worldwide.
“Elie Wiesel was far more than an author,” stated JCPA Chair Cheryl Fishbein. “He empowered countless others and built a movement of Holocaust survivors who shared their stories. They in turn expanded the audience and taught the world about the unspeakable horrors of the Shoah.”
Wiesel also played a crucial role in advocating for intervention in other genocides around the world and refused to stand idly by. “Wiesel played a gigantic role in the transformation of both Jewish and world consciousness. He told the story of the Holocaust, empowered survivors to bear witness, and reminded the world of its solemn duty to prevent other genocides.”