Elie Wiesel's Perils of Indifference

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On April 12th 1999, in Washington D.C., Elie Wiesel gave a speech during the Millennium Lecture Series that took place in the East Room of the White House. The speech was given in front of Mr. Bill and Mrs. Hillary Clinton, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and other officials. Elie Wiesel is an author most noted for his novel Night, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and political activist. In the speech he spoke on his view of indifference and explained how it was negatively affecting humanity and the nation as a whole. The Perils of Indifference was a speech that successfully used ethos, pathos, and logos to inform, persuade and inspire its audience on its views. As soon as the speech begins, Elie uses pathos with an anecdote on his experience after being freed from a concentration camp by American soldiers. This successfully elicits emotion from the audience and collects their attention for the rest of the speech with phrasing like “there was no joy in his heart”. Then, further in, Elie compliments Mr. Bill Clinton by saying he has gratitude for him being the “Commander and Chief of the army that freed me, and tens of thousands of others” and Mrs. Clinton is thanked for her efforts to help “…the victims of injustice, the victims of destiny and society directly. However, he continues on and calls the government out on their seeming indifference when it came to the events of WWII. By saying, “We believe that Auschwitz and Treblinka were closely guarded secrets…but we learned that
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