Elie Wiesel, the world’s best known and most influential Holocaust survivor, would have turned 91 today.
“I decided that my quarrel was not with God but with man. It was man that created the gas chamber. Not God. Faith was the only thing left.”
Though small in stature, Talisman was a giant of his generation.
LOS ANGELES (JTA) — 1993 was a dramatic year in the memorialization of the Holocaust.
Israel was represented at a recent event marking Holocaust Remembrance Day by Minister of Education Naftali Bennet, who preceded in his brief remarks to make the most elementary of historical mistakes on the Holocaust.
Elie Wiesel, the world’s best known and most influential Holocaust survivor, is no longer. More than anyone else, he changed the status of survivors from victims to witnesses with a moral mission, writes Michael Berenbaum.
It is a cliché that behind every successful man is a good woman, but Chris stood not only beside Miles but together with him. We travelled together to Eastern Europe numerous times. Chris was indispensable, offering emotional support and human insight, tempering her husband’s drive just enough that he did not run over people.
The date of Ernest Michel’s death was fitting, somehow. A Holocaust survivor and former executive vice president of UJA-Federation of New York from 1970-1989, Michel died at home on May 7, in the week between Yom Hashoah and Yom Ha’atzmaut.
In essays by grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, one might expect a sense of inadequacy and guilt. Instead, there’s empowerment, and an appreciation of the privileges of freedom.
Israel Gutman, Israel’s most prominent survivor historian, died in Jerusalem on October 1.