Wiesel 's Experience Of Injustice During The Holocaust

984 WordsApr 13, 20174 Pages
Over the course of eleven years, an approximated eleven million Jews were killed. This catastrophe is commonly know as the Holocaust. The Holocaust began in 1933 when Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany (Rosenberg). Among the few hundred survivors was Elie Wiesel. Wiesel was only fifteen years old when him and his family were deported to a concentration camp. His mother, father and younger sister were all killed within the camp, but Wiesel and his two older sisters were able to survive. After his traumatizing experience, Wiesel stood up for others who were being oppressed. Elie Wiesel fought injustices world-wide through his actions and inspiring messages. Soon after Elie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, him and his wife…show more content…
Furthermore, Wiesel did not focus on a specific nationality. Instead, he supported numerous groups that faced hardships. Wiesel was a, “devoted supporter of Israel...Soviet Jews, Nicaragua’s Miskito Indians, Argentina’s Desaparecidos, Cambodian refugees, the Kurds, victims of famine and genocide in Africa, of apartheid in South Africa, and victims of war in the former Yugoslavia” (“Elie Wiesel”). Despite his connection to countries who experienced the Holocaust, Wiesel made every oppressed group his priority. In addition, Wiesel and his wife, Marion, have been especially committed to helping Ethiopian-born Israeli youth through The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity’s Best Tzipora Centers for Study and Enrichment (“Elie Wiesel”). The Beit Tzipora Centers for Study and Enrichment are learning centers in Israel for the youth of the community. The centers are proven to increase the children’s chance for success in the future (“Beit Tzipora Centers”). Regardless of Elie Wiesel’s busy schedule, he still manages to devote time to the uncountable groups of people being oppressed. Elie Wiesel’s words have been inspirational to many people throughout the world. On December 10, 1986, Wiesel received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. In his acceptance speech, Wiesel stated, “Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must...become the center of the universe” (“Elie Wiesel - Acceptance Speech”). Elie Wiesel
Open Document