Passing of Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel at Auschwitz-Birkenau (1990)

Forever will I see the children who no longer have the strength to cry. Forever will I see the elderly who no longer have the strength to help them. Forever will I see the mothers and the fathers, the grandfathers and grandmothers, the little school children…their teachers…the righteous and the pious…. From where do we take the tears to cry over them? Who has the strength to cry for them?

—Elie Wiesel, 1990 March of the Living

He Forever Touched My Life

Elie Wiesel is the conscience that is missing in this world! In the camps, he was only a number to the Germans and SS officers – a man known to just a few. After liberation, through the numerous books he authored, talks he gave and his tireless humanitarian efforts around the globe he spearheaded, he was a man known to all. But to me, Elie Wiesel was, and his memory will forever remain, the humble man I met in 1988 on the very first March of the Living.

It was during our 5th day in Poland, the day of the March itself, – after we walked from Auschwitz to Birkenau in 1988, that he recited various passages from his well known book Night… And he forever touched my life!

At that moment, when Elie Wiesel read those passages to us all, he made sure that those who perished during the Holocaust will never be forgotten by any of us.
It is impossible to describe all those thoughts and feelings that I experienced at that very moment, listening to this fragile man standing before me, Elie Wiesel, share some of his personal experiences. Those profound moments have forever been etched in my mind.

His struggles to overcome his own personal experiences of total humiliation, antisemetisim and dehumanization will forever continue to live through his many works. May his life works and his memory, continue to be a blessing to the world

Eynat Tabakman Katz
1988 First March of the Living &
2015 Adult March of the Living

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