A Very Timely Lesson From Elie Wiesel

Sunday, July 3, 2016
It is with great sadness that we receive news of the passing of Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize recipient, Elie Wiesel.

At a time when some are willing to set aside principle and dismiss ongoing horrors for the sake of business interests and political legacy, Wiesel's life-lesson remains more pertinent than ever:

"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. 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."

"For us, forgetting was never an option. Remembering is a noble and necessary act. The call of memory, the call to memory, reaches us from the very dawn of history. No commandment figures so frequently, so insistently, in the Bible. It is incumbent upon us to remember the good we have received, and the evil we have suffered."

"For in the end, it is all about memory, its sources and its magnitude, and, of course, its consequences."

R.I.P. Elie Wiesel.