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Elie Wiesel

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

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Elie Wiesel ist ein US-amerikanischer 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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„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

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„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)]

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

— 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

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

— Elie Wiesel
Context: 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.

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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

„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.

„My commandment is ‘Thou shall not stand idly by.’“

— 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.

„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)

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