Elie Wiesel: A Romanian giant

Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Prize-winning author and Holocaust survivor, died on Saturday aged 87. Wiesel, born in Sighet in Maramures, was deported to Auschwitz along with his family in 1944, before ending up in Buchenwald – where he was liberated in April 1945.

One of the finest human beings ever to hail from these parts, Wiesel was nevertheless hated by many Romanian extremists. It was Wiesel who for decades and above all others implored and cajoled the country into finally accepting its role in the Holocaust. As the definitive report into the Holocaust in Romania (which bears his name) concluded when published in 2004:

Of all the allies of Nazi Germany, Romania was responsible for the deaths of more Jews than any country other than Germany itself

In recent years Wiesel was a fierce opponent of neo-fascism, his Wiesel Institute a highly effective watchdog against creeping extremism in everyday Romanian political and cultural life. This is the extremism that would rehabilitate the same Legionary scumbags (Radu Gyr, Valeriu Gafencu and their ilk) who so willingly and with great relish carried out and/or cheered the acts of utter inhumanity that Wiesel dedicated his life to ensuring were never forgotten.

Romania owes Wiesel a huge debt. In the pantheon of those who have served the country he stands as a giant, one of the greatest Romanians of them all.

For those who want to read more about Wiesel, we have gathered together a number of obituaries:

BBC
The Daily Telegraph
The Guardian
Haaretz
The Independent
New York Times

You can also read the entire report of the Wiesel Commission here.

Photo source.

12 thoughts on “Elie Wiesel: A Romanian giant

  1. When I saw the picture, I thought the article was about Soros.

    I had always wondered if there was anybody in this country to actually give a damn about the Holocaust.

    It happened so long ago and most people are not aware of history; I think that if you ask people on the street, 8 out of 10 wouldn’t be able to answer what the Holocaust was. And even the ones who could, wouldn’t actually give a damn.

    Here in Romania we have developed the best method of dealing with cultural infestations: don’t care about it, don’t talk about it. And time will eventually erase it from memory.

    As the homosexuals rights NGOs said: “We talk to many people about our rights, but it’s like talking to walls.” =)))))))

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  2. ” was deported to Auschwitz along with his family in 1944, before ending up in Buchenwald”……………….Stone me! Another survivor from Auschwitz? I thought we were all told over and over that Auschwitz was a terminal death camp? So how did so many survive it then? It was reported that Auschwitz even had it’s own hospital to treat sick prisoners? But what was the point in treating the sick if they were all destined for the gas chambers?

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    1. People hate other people because other people try to influence their beliefs or their way of life.

      Some people should stop telling other people what to believe and / or how to live their lives. And if that happens, then hatred would be gone from the world.

      Why can’t everybody do what we, Romanians, do? Mind their own business and let everybody else live however they want.

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    2. “Romania is full of them”………..Maybe they all know something that you clearly don’t? Do you still believe in Father Christmas?

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      1. There are billions of people on this planet who haven’t even heard about it.

        China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, all of Africa, all of Latin America etc… if you ask them if there ever was a Holocaust, they’re gonna say you watch too many movies.

        If any Jew would go to Bangladesh to preach the Holocaust, he would probably be cooked and eaten.

        The people of Europe are being too tolerant in regard to this attempt of cultural infestation. However, one thing is for certain: time and globalization will erase the idea of Holocaust from collective memory.

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