Elie Wiesel Honored At Waldorf Astoria
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Israeli Minister Silvan Shalom and others attended a gala dinner at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel on November 19th at which the World Jewish Congress honored the writer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and his wife, Marion, with the organization’s Theodor Herzl Award for their lifetime achievements.
The Wiesels established the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity after Elie was awarded the Nobel Peace Peace Prize in 1986. The foundation’s mission is to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs. Elie Wiesel, whose ground-breaking memoir ‘Night’ brought the experience of Holocaust survivors into world consciousness, is the author of more than 60 works of fiction and non-fiction.
Presenting the two honorees of the evening with the WJC award, Rodham Clinton said Elie and Marion Wiesel “played a pivotal part in bringing the Shoah into public consciousness.” She added: “Elie’s own story of survival and those of others he’s helped tell, and has steeled the world’s resolve that such an atrocity can never be repeated.” World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder praised the Wiesels as having an “enormous” impact on the world and said that they “continue to shine as reminders of what Abraham Lincoln called ‘the angels of our better nature.’”
Wiesel and others – from Yad Vashem to Ruth Lichtenstein of Project Witness – continue to do their all to ensure the Holocaust is never forgotten.
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