Elie Wiesel
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"Eliezer" ""Elie"" "Wiesel" Order of the British Empire/KBE

is a American Jews/Jewish-American professor and political activist. He is the author of 57 books, including Night (book)/Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp/Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald concentration camp/Buchenwald concentration camps. Wiesel is also the Advisory Board chairman of the newspaper Algemeiner Journal.

When Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, the Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a "messenger to mankind," stating that through his struggle to come to terms with "his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Adolf Hitler/Hitler's death camps," as well as his "practical work in the cause of peace," Wiesel had delivered a powerful message "of peace, atonement and human dignity" to humanity.

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Education in the key to preventing the cycle of violence and hatred that marred the 20th century from repeating itself in the 21st century.

Peace is not God's gift to His creatures. It is our gift - to each other.

Indifference, then, is not only a sin, it is a punishment.

I say fear must be followed by hope. Hope you do something about it. It's a call to action.

I've gone everywhere, trying to stop many atrocities: Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia. The least I can do is show the victims that they are not alone. When I went to Cambodia, journalists asked me, What are you doing here? This is not a Jewish tragedy. I answered, When I needed people to come, they didn't. That's why I am here.

I have no doubt that faith is only pure when it does not negate the faith of another. I have no doubt that evil can be fought and that indifference is no option. I have no doubt that fanaticism is dangerous. And of all the books in the world on life, I have no doubt that the life of one person weighs more than them all.

They were going to die. They knew it, and their last words were I love you. Even in great pain, their last words were of love... People who could have saved themselves and they ran back in to save others instead. If humanity is capable of that, how can I lose hope in humanity?

God made man because He loves stories.

Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.

And, therefore, indifference is always the friend of the enemy, for it benefits the aggressor -- never its victim, whose pain is magnified when he or she feels forgotten.

Man can live far from God -- not outside God. God is wherever we are. Even in suffering? Even in suffering.

Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.

Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain.

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.

I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I've been closer to him for that reason.

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.

Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.