Elie Wiesel: People Are No Longer Ashamed To Be Anti-Semites


wieselProfessor Elie Wiesel was supposed to be the keynote speaker at the inauguration ceremony of the new display at the Jewish pavilion in Auschwitz, the place where he was enslaved and lost his loved ones.

For personal reasons he was unable to attend the important event, but in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the author and Nobel Peace Prize laureate told Ynet about the never-ending struggle against anti-Semitism and the recognition that it would likely never be defeated.

Prof. Wiesel, who coined the eternal expression “Not all victims were Jews, but all Jews were victims,” examines every significant occurrence with an overall view of world peace. To the same extent, he meticulously examines whether the memory of the Holocaust has been engraved in people’s minds, and whether there is a danger that the events of 1939-1945 will repeat themselves, and the world – as it was during those years – will be indifferent and silent.

“The Holocaust is a unique event, but it has a universal significance which must be memorized incessantly,” he says, voicing concerns over the temptation of Iran’s nuclear ability and the civil war in Syria, which has already claimed a price of 150,000 deaths. And the world is silent.

The unstoppable conversation between us has been going on for several years now, but the murky wave of anti-Semitism sweeping over the Western world, as well as Eastern Europe (with the recent incidents in Hungary and Ukraine), are fresh and extract statements with despair running through them.

“Unfortunately, anti-Semitism still exists,” Wiesel says. “It has been alive for more than 2,000 years, and will likely continue living. I thought that the memory of the Holocaust would shame those boasting anti-Semitic opinions. I was wrong. It still exists in different countries, and it seems people are no longer ashamed to be anti-Semitic.” Read more here.



  1. The reason for the anti-Semitism today is because of the very unorthodox ways of suffrage in the eyes of talking direction. There is no complacent wellness against time being discussed in the media today and we are all waiting for a better future as Mr. Obama whom I did vote for on his 2nd term is not exactly fighting the reasons of complicit reaction to time’s absence. Obama is a factor and he is a concern of my direction of dignity today.

  2. Eli…you’re a scholar…you’re supposed to know that “Eisov sona L’yaakov”…and Yes it will never be eradicated until Moshiach comes.May we hear the shofer bekorov.

  3. If we would start teaching our children to be sincerely nice and have true and sincere compassion, to All Human Beings, regardless whether they’re Yidden or Non-Yidden, then HKB”H will Never-Again instigate the Nations with hatred towards us.
    Rabbi Avigdor Miller used to say, Hashem Tzilcho, HKB”H is your shadow, He follows what you do. When we Yidden will have true compassion and Caring for all people, Yidden and, yes, Non-Yidden as well, HKB”H will instill only love towards us.

  4. “Without reference to Hakadosh Boruch Hu, it’s absolutely a waste of time; it’s a waste of money. All the Holocaust memorials are almost worthless, if they think they’re going to change the gentiles into being more remorseful by making a big memorial, to make the gentiles ashamed and therefore they’ll become kinder to the Jewish people; it’s not so.
    “The Holocaust memorials only give some gentiles more cheishek to do the same. The more they hear what Hitler did, the more they’re inspired to emulate him…
    “However, for Jews it’s a valuable study if we’ll begin to understand, “ma zos asah Elokim lanu — What is this that Hashem did to us?” Hashem did it. Try to understand, what was the situation in Eastern Europe and in Germany before the Holocaust came? What was the situation of the Jews in Holland and in Belgium, and in France?
    “… So you have to look back and understand that the Holocaust didn’t come for nothing, otherwise it’s a waste! Hakadosh boruch Hu visited such punishments on His people, and no lessons are being learned…
    “But it could be used properly, if it would be taught as one of the forms of the Tochacha, and just like you learn the Tochacha in the Chumash, or you learn about the Churban Bais Hamikdash and we say, ‘mipnei chata’einu galinu mei’artzeinu,’ [‘because of our sins we were exiled from our land’] we’ll understand also from the Holocaust; there’s very much to learn.”

    Rav Avigdor Miller, comments following a recorded Thursday night lecture, quoted in “A Divine Madness,” p 11-14.

  5. Thank you Prof. Wiesel.

    Here in the U.S. we have our President’s:
    * friendship with Iran
    * refusal to release Jonathan Pollard