Elie Wiesel (Sept. 30, 1928 — July 2, 2016) was perhaps the world’s best-known Holocaust survivor, as well as prolific author (57 books), Nobel Prize laureate, and fighter for human rights and against antisemitism. He will now be the first Jewish person (other than Jesus and some of the apostles) to be honored by the Washington National Cathedral, where U.S. presidential inaugural and funeral services are held. The cathedral’s permanently displayed bust of Wiesel is scheduled to be dedicated in the Fall of 2021.
Quote: “Quite frankly to me to have [Elie Wiesel] in this cathedral is also a reminder for everyone who walks through those doors of the reality of the Holocaust and what happened, and that it must never be forgotten. And I think that’s doubly important to have within a Christian context.”
— Rev. Randy Hollerith, Dean of the National Cathedral
Sources: Wikipedia (introduction), The Jewish News of Northern California(quotation)
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