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Rep. Lewis on the Death of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel

July 2, 2016
Press Release

“The world community has lost a giant—one of the most dedicated, committed champions of human rights it has ever known.  He transmuted his survival of the worst horrors of the Holocaust in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald camps to become a gifted, poetic voice that called for the liberation of all human kind.

“As a writer and teacher, he was an unimpeachable witness to the disturbing consequence of hate, yet he approached those memories with a sense of peace and contemplation.  He was a sage who embodied the understanding that ‘hate is too heavy a burden to bear.’  I was blessed to be able to call him a wonderful friend.

“As the world community continues to struggle with the pain and loss of anger, war, aggression, and violence, the voice of Elie Wiesel will be deeply missed.  We are fortunate that, as a consolation, he has left us with his words. His wisdom will serve as an infinite well of inspiration for all seekers of the truth today, tomorrow, and for generations yet unborn.”