Elie Wiesel Quotes
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600,000 to 800,00 human beings were murdered. We know now, as we knew then, they could have been saved, and they were not.
Recalling the genocide in Rwanda
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.
I didn't want to write a book on the Holocaust. To write such a book, to be responsible for such experiences, for such words — I didn't want that. I wanted to write a commentary on the Bible, to write about the Talmud, about celebration, about the great eternal subjects: love and happiness.