In Europe, ‘Holocaust memory and Jews are under attack,’ says son of Elie Wiesel
By: Dovid Efune, The Algemeiner
The only child of the late Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel has responded to the anti-Semitic desecration of his father’s childhood home in northwestern Romania over the weekend.
“Antisemitism exists in Europe. This is not an isolated incident,” Elisha Wiesel told The Algemeiner on Sunday. “What is happening to my father’s home is a small indication of what is happening on a continental level. Both Holocaust memory and Jews are under attack.”
In addition to condemning the attack, Elisha – who serves as chief information officer at Goldman Sachs – offered some practical steps and called on the Romanian government to add his father’s most famous work, his memoir Night – about his experiences in the Nazi death camp Auschwitz – as mandatory reading in the country’s national curriculum.
He also called for “making sure that the appropriate funding and governance exist so that my father’s home can tell the story it needs to tell: the story of a Jewish family and community that once was, and the story of a man who wanted their voices – and the lessons of their destruction– so desperately to be heard.”
‘Room for hope too’
The younger Wiesel also offered an optimistic take on the incident, saying “there is room for hope too.”
In total, 380,000–400,000 Jews were murdered in Romanian-controlled areas during the Holocaust under Marshal Ion Antonescu, the country’s fascist dictator who was allied with Nazi Germany.
Elie Wiesel and his family were deported in 1944 to Auschwitz. While he and two of his sisters survived, his father, mother and younger sister were murdered there.
Until his passing in 2016, Elie Wiesel served as chairman of The Algemeiner‘s advisory board. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
Source: World Israel News