The Washington National Cathedral has unveiled a stone carving of Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel to recognize his legacy as a human rights defender “dedicated to combating indifference and intolerance.”
The bust was carved in the DC landmark’s Human Rights Porch alongside Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, civil rights activist Jonathan Daniels and Eleanor Roosevelt and others “who have taken significant, profound and life-changing actions in the fight for human rights, social justice, civil rights, and the welfare of other human beings,” the cathedral said in a news release.
Wiesel, who died in 2016 at age 87, survived the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps and wrote dozens of books, including “Night,” which documented the horrors he and his family and others faced during the Holocaust. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
He became a leading figure in the Holocaust remembrance movement and was a human rights advocate — speaking out about ethnic cleansing during the Bosnian war, Cambodian refugees and South African apartheid.
Wiesel played a key role in the establishment of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and his words “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness” were engraved at the entrance to the museum.
“From the depths of cruelty inflicted on him, his family, and so many millions of Jews and others during the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel went on to dedicate his life to the pursuit of human rights, and to heed the lessons of history, said the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, in the news release.
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SOURCE: CNN, David Williams