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Elie Wiesel Has Died at Age 87
Elie Wiesel was arguably the most well known and powerful figure among acknowledged Holocaust survivors. While alive, he exercised his “moral lobby” to keep the memories of the Holocaust and Holocaust survivors alive and to “educate” the new generations on the dangers of anti-Semitism and hatred to minorities, specially, of course, to Jews. He coined a phrase that he would repeat often: Never forget.
Much has been criticized about Wiesel, he was not only a Holocaust survivor but a powerful man invited often to events with presidents and other high politicians and businessmen.
In 2009, the New York Times reported that
“Mr. Wiesel’s charity lost $15.2 million, and he and his wife, Marion, lost their life savings. 'This was a personal tragedy where we discovered all of a sudden what we had done in 40 years — my books, my lectures, everything — was gone,' said Mr. Wiesel”
This was known as a Ponzi scheme. After this episode with Mr. Madoff , who was the schemer, our good friend the deceased said Mr. Madoff was a “‘Sociopath,’ ‘psychopath,’ it means there is a sickness, a pathology. This man knew what he was doing. I would simply call him thief, scoundrel, criminal.”
But Elie Wiesel’s life was a successful one in spite of the loss of $15.2 million. In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize based on his role in speaking out against violence, repression and racism. He also “collected scores of awards and honors, including an honorary knighthood in Britain. Obama presented him the National Humanities Medal in 2009.”
In 1985 he received one of the highest honors awarded a civilian, the Congressional Gold Medal of Achievement from President Ronald Reagan and did not miss the opportunity to instruct President Reagan “not to visit a cemetery where SS soldiers were buried.”
An exerpt of his book Night was read by Elie in 2006 at the famous TV show Oprah:
"Never shall I forget that night that first night in camp that turned my life into one long night. Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky. Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever,… Those moments that murdered my god and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes. Never."
In common with so many other “Holocaust survivors,” his personal story was full of holes and incoherencies. Many doubts about the legitimacy of his narrative were raised among the revisionist community expressed publicly.
He claimed to have been an inmate at Auschwitz and Buchenwald, but never displayed his tattoo, a common feature of inmates at Auschwitz- Birkenau, to those who demanded proof of veracity. So one can say without exaggeration that his personal story cannot be trusted as factual.
One thing is now for sure, the orthodox Holocaust narrative and its industry have lost its most influential promoter. Maybe some else will rise to that “noble cause” of raising awareness in humanity about the atrocities Jews suffered during WWII and the need of special treatment for them these seventy years on. For now may Elie Wiesel rest in peace. Or not.
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|Title||Elie Wiesel Has Died at Age 87|
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|Dates||published: 2016-07-03, first posted on CODOH: July 2, 2016, 9:49 p.m., last revision: n/a|