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Elie Wiesel

Geburtstag: 30. September 1928
Todesdatum: 2. Juli 2016

Elie Wiesel war ein rumänisch-US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller, Hochschullehrer und Publizist. Als Überlebender des Holocausts verfasste er zahlreiche Romane und sonstige Publikationen zu diesem Thema und erhielt 1986 den Friedensnobelpreis für seine Vorbildfunktion im Kampf gegen Gewalt, Unterdrückung und Rassismus.

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„Die einen sagen, Hiob hat sehr wohl gelebt, nur sein Leiden ist eine rein literarische Erfindung. Dem halten andere entgegen: Hiob hat niemals gelebt, aber er hat sehr wohl gelitten.“

—  Elie Wiesel

Adam oder das Geheimnis des Anfangs. Übersetzer: Hanns Bücker. Freiburg im Breisgau, 1980. S. 211. ISBN 3-451-18952-6
Englisch: "There were those who claimed that Job did exist but that his sufferings are sheer literary invention. Then there where those who declared that while Job never existed, he undeniably did suffer." -Messengers of God - Biblical Portraits and Legends. Summit Books 1985. p. p. 215

„Jedes Wesen steht im Mittelpunkt der Schöpfung, jedes Wesen rechtfertigt die Schöpfung.“

—  Elie Wiesel

Geschichten gegen die Melancholie - Die Weisheit der chassidischen Meister. Freiburg, 1994. Übersetzer: Hanns Bücker. ISBN 3-451-04296-7
Englisch: "Every person is the center of creation — every person is called upon to justify creation." - Somewhere a Master - Further Hasidic Portraits and Legends. Simon & Schuster 1984. p. 190

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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

"Building a Moral Society", Chamberlin Lecture at Lewis & Clark College (1995)
Kontext: 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.

„In mysticism you can jump from A to Z. But the ultimate objective is the same. It's knowledge. It's truth.“

—  Elie Wiesel

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
Kontext: 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 Jewish history there are no coincidences.“

—  Elie Wiesel

Interview in the BU Bridge (5 November 2004) http://www.bu.edu/bridge/archive/2004/11-05/wiesel.html
Variante: There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.

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

—  Elie Wiesel

As quoted in "10 Questions for Elie Wiesel" by Jeff Chu in TIME (22 January 2006) http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1151803,00.html
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Elie Wiesel

Speech at the UN World Peace Day (21 September 2006) New York, Speech in UN Webcast (00:16:35) http://webcast.un.org/ramgen/specialevents/se050921.rm

„For us, forgetting was never an option. Remembering is a noble and necessary act.“

—  Elie Wiesel

Hope, Despair, and Memory (1986)
Kontext: For us, forgetting was never an option. Remembering is a noble and necessary act. The call of memory, the call to memory, reaches us from the very dawn of history. No commandment figures so frequently, so insistently, in the Bible. It is incumbent upon us to remember the good we have received, and the evil we have suffered.

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

—  Elie Wiesel

Commencement ceremony http://piermarton.info/elie-wiesel-do-not-stand-idly-by-if-you-witness-injustice/ (Class of 2011) at Washington University in St. Louis.
Kontext: 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.

„An immoral society betrays humanity because it betrays the basis for humanity, which is memory.“

—  Elie Wiesel

"Building a Moral Society", Chamberlin Lecture at Lewis & Clark College (1995)
Kontext: 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.

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