Born: Sep. 30, 1928 in Sighet, Romania
Died: July 2, 2016 in Manhattan, New York
Probably the most celebrated Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel was ironically one of the most divisive figures in the Jewish pantheon of heroes. A prolific speaker and writer, he received numerous prestigious awards for championing human rights. Yet critics deride him for his transparent Zionism, double standard and apparent lies. He was thus probably second only to Anne Frank as the most familiar face of the Holocaust while at the same time transforming the event into a Holohoax in many people’s minds.
Wiesel was born in Transylvania (now Romania) in 1928. According to Wikipedia, his family spoke Yiddish, German, Hungarian and Romanian, and Wiesel’s father encouraged him to learn Hebrew as well. However, some sources claim he didn’t speak Hungarian.
In 1940, German troops occupying the area allegedly deported the Wiesel family to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Fifteen-year-old Elie and his father were then deported to the concentration camp at Buchenwald.
Elie Wiesel later criticized the world for not warning Jews about the Holocaust, even as he admitted his father spurned multiple offers of help from non-Jews. This is one of many striking contradictions that have caused some people to question whether Wiesel really spent time in a concentration camp. This confusion was bolstered by one of Wiesel’s most famous quotes:
In literature . . . certain things are true though they didn’t happen, while others are not, even if they did.
Promoting the Holocaust
Elie Wiesel was a prolific writer and speaker, with more than fifty books to his credit. He established the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity in 1988 and was a driving force behind the establishment of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. in 1993. His words, “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness,” are engraved in stone at the entrance to the museum.
In early 2006, Wiesel accompanied Oprah Winfrey as she visited Auschwitz, a visit which was broadcast as part of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
His efforts earned Wiesel many honors, including a knighthood and the Nobel Peace Prize. The Los Angeles Times called Elie Wiesel “the most important Jew in America.”
Wiesel’s Foundation for Humanity fell victim to Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, losing $15.2 million in foundation funds, along with the personal investments of Wiesel and his wife.
Many critics have focused on Wiesel’s credibility. He reportedly thought of himself as more of a “storyteller” than a historian. Even Wikipedia, which many describe as a shill for Zionism, concedes, “Wiesel also played a role in the initial success of The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski by endorsing it before revelations that the book was fiction and, in the sense that it was presented as all Kosinski’s true experience, a hoax.”
Wiesel’s best known book is Night, which has been described as the most read of all Auschwitz memoirs. When it was first released, it was classified as fiction.
A famous photo that purports to show Wiesel at Buchenwald is widely described as a fraud. Wikipedia’s article about Wiesel presents the photo as genuine.
Wiesel claimed the Germans tattooed A-7713 on his left arm, but many critics have noted that no tattoo is visible in photos of Elie wearing short-sleeved shirts.
Wiesel did his part to prevent Iran from making nuclear weapons, though he apparently had nothing to say about Israel’s illegal nuclear arsenal. The Times (London) refused to run his ad condemning Hamas for the “use of children as human shields” during the 2014 Israel-Gaza massacre, noting “the opinion being expressed is too strong and too forcefully made and will cause concern amongst a significant number of Times readers.” Wiesel also declared that “Jerusalem is above politics . . . it belongs to the Jewish people.”
Wiesel blasted Fidel Castro, ranting about political prisoners, yet never missed a chance to be photographed with Obama, who’s still torturing and murdering people in several countries. He even supported George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq as a necessary moral act.
Wiesel served on the Advisory Board of The Algemeiner Journal, a New York-based newspaper covering American and international Jewish and Israel-related news. CNBC called it “the fastest growing Jewish newspaper in the United States,” and former Senator Joseph Lieberman described it as an “independent truth telling advocate for the Jewish people and Israel.” The Algemeiner Journal has also been referred to as “the Jewish Huffington Post,” owing to its similarity to that famous propaganda organ.