Elie Wiesel’s Son Remembers His Father’s Love And Compassion

As the first anniversary of the death of Elie Wiesel approaches, his only child, Elisha Wiesel, reflected on the gifts his father left for him in an essay published by Jewish Week. The essay, in which Wiesel also revealed his conflicts with the acclaimed writer (and former staffer of the Forverts) and Holocaust survivor as an adolescent, describes Wiesel as a father whose patience and confidence still influences his son.

“Just be” was the Nobel Prize winner’s only request to his son as he lay on his deathbed. As Elisha stood by his father’s side, Elie Wiesel asked no more of his son than to understand his love for him.

In the article, Elisha Wiesel attempts to unpack some of the wisdom that his father imparted. “Be a good student,” he said. “Be a good son. Be a good Jew.” And while Elisha attests that in his youth he was none of these things, his father’s ability to show “impossible love” and “impossible belief” is one he hopes to imitate with his own children.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Forward.

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