In 2007, the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity has published an open letter criticizing the denial of the Armenian genocide. It was signed by 52 Nobel Prize winners.
Elie Wiesel was with George Clooney, co-Chairman of the Aurora Award Selection Committee, presented for the first time in Yerevan to Marguerite Barankitse, April 24, 2016.
Nobel Peace Prize, a survivor of the death camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the man fighting against injustice Elie Wiesel died Saturday, July 2 at the age of 87. He was born September 30, 1928 in Sighet in Romania.
If he was the spearhead of the memory of the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel, the man of peace, was also a strong supporter of the Armenian cause, highlighting “the troubling similarities between these two distinct mechanical extermination” of elimination of Armenians and Jews. “Genocide kills twice, the second by silence,” he said, speaking of denial.
In 2007, in an interview with The Philadelphia Jewish Voice, he said: “The Turks would get far if they simply recognized the reality of what happened. I spoke with Turkish leaders at the highest level and their attitude on this issue is totally irrational except on one thing that I can understand. They will not be compared to Hitler. What one does, of course. ”
Elie Wiesel took a public stand in favor of recognition of the Armenian genocide. He prefaced in 1986 the new French edition of the book Werfel, “The Forty Days of Musa Dagh”. In this text entitled “Oblivion crime,” he wrote in part: “The Armenian village community, condemned by the convulsions of a history that goes beyond, has become close to me. Ambushed by death, she claims her freedom. Besieged by a ruthless enemy, betrayed by an indifferent society, she chose armed resistance. To save the honor of Armenia? To save the honor of man. ”
Jean Eckian © armenews.co