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Bystander (Elie Wiesel) International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022

What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander.

Elie Wiesel

"What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander." - Elie Wiesel

4 Comments

  • Kristin
    Posted January 27, 2022 at 17:44

    I don’t know, I think the cruelty of the oppressor hurts quite badly.

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      jazzfeathers
      Posted January 30, 2022 at 17:52

      I suppose it’s two different kinds of wound.

  • Erik Johansen - ShunRio
    Posted March 31, 2022 at 06:22

    Every year, the United Nations marks November 11 as a day to honor Holocaust victims by remembering them with the help of poetry, music and art. Each individual has unique reasons for choosing to commemorate this important and vital piece to their lives, but they all share the same desire: to remember.
    This year’s theme has been Elie Wiesel — an internationally beloved Nobel Prize-winning poet and writer who became known after his harrowing experiences during WWII and went on to become one of the most important humanitarians in history. Although we can all appreciate a strong sense of poetry thanks to his work, it is clear that much of what he did was motivated by his moral character, which he brought with him from his Jewish roots. Throughout his life, Wiesel’s passion for learning led him on a never-ending search for truth and humanity — which he often found in surprising places — the Nazi propaganda machine in Germany was no exception. As one of our biggest poets on the planet, I am honored again this day to learn about this influential humanitarian, and also about those of us who are dedicated enough to be actively working toward realizing his dream of making the world more humane. So take the time to think of what you’ll do…

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