The Perils Of Indifference By Elie Wiesel

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April 12, 1999 marked the Seventh Millennium Evening at the White House and the 54th year after Franklin Roosevelt’s death. Years after personally experiencing the horrors of the Holocaust and World War II, Elie Wiesel shared his story with America among the President and First-lady, Hillary Clinton, to inspire the world to act upon social and political injustices. In his speech “The Perils of Indifference”, Wiesel opened up about his past and how it made him realize how important it is to stand up against crimes against humanity. He also discussed the state of the American people and compared their involvement in foreign intervention back to the lack of intervention in World War II. Wiesel motivated America with his emphasis on the emotional, logical, and ethical impacts of indifference. Perhaps the most influential piece of Wiesel’s speech was his inclusion of unique personal narrative. His touching story of his youth spent in a concentration camp gave weight to his points on indifference as he recalled that “Fifty-four years ago to the day, a young Jewish boy from a small town in the Carpathian Mountains woke a place of eternal infamy called Buchenwald” (Wiesel). With no property to their name and no individual rights, they marched to Buchenwald where his father later died before they could both escape (“Wiesel, Elie”). The reality of these past horrors gave him a strong sense of credibility as he spoke on about the time when he was oppressed and victimized.
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