The Perils Of Indifference By Elie Wiesel

922 WordsSep 12, 20174 Pages
Although the world continues to face tragedy, little compares to that of the horrors millions of innocent Jews like Elie Wiesel faced, as they were deported from their homes, separated from their families and pushed around into different concentration camps where they were brutally tortured, killed, and discarded of by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany Army beginning in 1941. It wasn’t until April of 1945 that Elie along with the limited number of other survivors were finally liberated. This mid 20th century atrocity has come to be known as the Holocaust, a tragic part of history that will never be forgotten. It was because of that experience, that Elie Wiesel extensively depicted the events he faced through written and verbal accounts including the speech he gave entitled “The Perils of Indifference” on April 12, 1999. The speech was given at the 7th Millennium Evening at the White House, with an intent to create a kairotic moment with the public including the audiences it was broadcasted to, as an opportunity to explain a darker side of history, while also hopefully enlightening them for the future. Wiesel gave this speech with a purpose to challenge perspectives of inattention towards other’s suffering to maintain sanity and inspire others to instead avoid the temptation of indifference. He argued that “to be indifferent to that suffering is what makes human being inhuman”(Wiesel 311). Although his speech may have been hard to hear, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel used his speech to create an “opportune moment in time” (Longaker and Walker 9) to persuade the American audience to make a change through the use of the events of his past. In doing so, he evoked strong responses from the audience through rhetorical appeals as an attempt to encourage them to reflect upon the difficult questions he poses throughout the speech and make more of a conscious effort not to be indifferent. The White House annually holds a Millennium Evening, in which the President and first lady invite an honorary member of society to give a speech highlighting ingenuity and creativity, by honoring the past and depicting possibilities for the future. For the 7th Millennium Evening, Elie Wiesel was invited to speak on the “Perils of
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