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THE GREEK JEWRY MOURNS THE PASSING AWAY OF ELIE WIESEL Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 09:48

The international Jewish Community is today far poorer, as it has lost an important member. Last Saturday, 2.7.2016, Ellie Wiesel passed away, at the age of 87, and his death filled our hearts with sadness and emotion.

Ellie Wiesel was born in 1928 at a small town of the Carpathians. He experienced as a child the horror of the extermination camps, where he lost most of his family members. At the age of 30 he captured this experience to his stirring book “The Night” (1958). All of his life was devoted to the fight against oblivion for the Holocaust victims. His writings are vast and they concern the historic adventures of Jewry.  Finally, for his work and actions he was honored in 1986 with the Nobel Peace Prize.

Wiesel’s biggest fear was always peoples’ oblivion and indifference. “Let your remembrance be a vindication and an honor, an obstacle for yesterday’s enemy to cause his victims a second death – oblivion”, as he writes for the victims of Nazism and therefore asks the passer-by not to forget the 6 million souls that were exterminated just because they were Jews. These stirring words adorn the Holocaust Monument in Athens.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece considers its duty not to let Wiesel’s fears to come true. With all our forces, we must keep alive the memory of the victims, paying therefore tribute to the horror that they experienced.

Athens, July 4, 2016

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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