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Elie Wiesel

Data de nascimento: 30. Setembro 1928
Data de falecimento: 2. Julho 2016

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Elias "Elie" Wiesel foi um escritor judeu, sobrevivente dos campos de concentração nazistas, que recebeu o Nobel da Paz de 1986, pelo conjunto de sua obra de 57 livros, dedicada a resgatar a memória do holocausto e a defender outros grupos vítimas das perseguições. O pai de Elie era romeno e mãe proveniente da Hungria.

Seu livro mais conhecido, Noite, publicado em 1955, conta suas memórias e experiências de jovem adolescente judeu ortodoxo durante o holocausto e seu aprisionamento nos campos de concentração de Auschwitz e Buchenwald. Seus escritos cobrem uma vasta área da literatura, englobando poemas e teologia.

Morreu em 2 de julho de 2016, aos 87 anos.

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„A moral society is committed to memory: I believe in memory. The Greek word alethia means Truth, Things that cannot be forgotten. I believe in those things that cannot be forgotten and because of that so much in my work deals with memory... What do all my books have in common? A commitment to memory.“

— Elie Wiesel
Context: An immoral society betrays humanity because it betrays the basis for humanity, which is memory. An immoral society deals with memory as some politicians deal with politics. A moral society is committed to memory: I believe in memory. The Greek word alethia means Truth, Things that cannot be forgotten. I believe in those things that cannot be forgotten and because of that so much in my work deals with memory... What do all my books have in common? A commitment to memory. "Building a Moral Society", Chamberlin Lecture at Lewis & Clark College (1995)

„There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.“

— Elie Wiesel
Context: I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents. As quoted in the International Herald Tribune (15 September 1992)

„It's up to you now, and we shall help you — that my past does not become your future.“

— Elie Wiesel
Context: It's up to you now, and we shall help you — that my past does not become your future. Speech at the UN World Peace Day (21 September 2006) New York, Speech in [http://webcast.un.org/ramgen/specialevents/se050921.rm UN Webcast (00:16:35)]

„As long as one dissident is in prison, our freedom will not be true. As long as one child is hungry, our lives will be filled with anguish and shame.“

— Elie Wiesel
Context: As long as one dissident is in prison, our freedom will not be true. As long as one child is hungry, our lives will be filled with anguish and shame. What all these victims need above all is to know that they are not alone; that we are not forgetting them, that when their voices are stifled we shall lend them ours, that while their freedom depends on ours, the quality of our freedom depends on theirs.

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„Miracles in mysticism don't occupy such an important place.“

— Elie Wiesel
Context: Miracles in mysticism don't occupy such an important place. It's metaphor, for the peasants, for the crowds, to impress people. What does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain knowledge. It's close to philosophy, except in philosophy you go horizontally while in mysticism you go vertically. You plunge into it. Philosophy is a slow process of logic and logical discourse: A bringing B bringing C and so forth. In mysticism you can jump from A to Z. But the ultimate objective is the same. It's knowledge. It's truth. In a 1978 interview with John S. Friedman, published in The Paris Review 26 (Spring 1984); and in Elie Wiesel : Conversations (2002) edited by Robert Franciosi, p. 87

„Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.“

— Elie Wiesel
Context: Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair. I remember the killers, I remember the victims, even as I struggle to invent a thousand and one reasons to hope.

„You must intervene. You must interfere. And that is actually the motto of human rights.“

— Elie Wiesel
Context: The greatest commandment to me in the Bible is not the Ten Commandments. (First of all, it’s too difficult to observe; second, we all pretend to observe.) My commandment is ‘Thou shall not stand idly by.’ Which means, when you witness an injustice: Don’t stand idly by. When you hear of a person or a group being persecuted: Do not stand idly by. When there is something wrong with the community around you or far away: Do not stand idly by. You must intervene. You must interfere. And that is actually the motto of human rights. [http://piermarton.info/elie-wiesel-do-not-stand-idly-by-if-you-witness-injustice/ Commencement ceremony] (Class of 2011) at Washington University in St. Louis.

„I believe mysticism is a very serious endeavor. One must be equipped for it. One doesn't study calculus before studying arithmetic.“

— Elie Wiesel
Context: I believe mysticism is a very serious endeavor. One must be equipped for it. One doesn't study calculus before studying arithmetic. In my tradition, one must wait until one has learned a lot of Bible and Talmud and the Prophets to handle mysticism. This isn't instant coffee. There is no instant mysticism. As quoted in [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1151803,00.html "10 Questions for Elie Wiesel" by Jeff Chu in TIME (22 January 2006)]

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