PEACE: Elie Wiesel

The world pays tribute to eleven who stirred emotions and laid foundations PEACE

Shortly after his liberation from a Nazi concentration camp in 1945, a gaunt and grieving survivor made what now seems an uncharacteristic vow. He promised that he would not speak for at least ten years of the horrors he had witnessed. The silence was kept, but when the words finally emerged, they came in a torrent. Novels, essays, speeches and lectures all spoke tirelessly of the need to rescue the Holocaust from the silence of history. Last week Elie Wiesel's words of witness were honored with the Nobel Prize for Peace, which carries with it an award of $287,769.78. From Oslo,...

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