The World 's Leading Spokesman On The Holocaust

908 WordsDec 1, 20154 Pages
Wiesel once said, “…I swore never to be silent whenever wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim” (Wiesel par. 9). The inspiring man known as Elie Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928 in Sighet, Romania. He was declared chairman of “The President’s Commission on the Holocaust”. Wiesel earned the reputation of “world’s leading spokesman on the Holocaust” because of his extensive discussions about the Holocaust and the impact it had on Jews (“Elie Wiesel-Facts” par. 1). Wiesel’s early life was unfortunate; his parents and his sister died in the concentration camps that were held by the Germans. Fortunately, Wiesel survived the harsh conditions of the camps. He believed he survived because it was “nothing more than chance” instead of it being a miracle; regardless, he lived to tell his story about the Holocaust (Wiesel 7). Elie Wiesel’s efforts on portraying how bad the Holocaust was allowed him to change people’s perception by fighting against indifference and by showing the severity of his experiences. Due to the fact that the Germans created concentration camps during the course of WWII, many people were tortured and murdered to death. Wiesel’s family was captured and brought to the camps; unfortunately, his mother and sister perished before they could escape the camp. His father died as soon as the camp became liberated. However, Wiesel was able to endure the camp long enough to survive

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