Elie Wiesel

Holocaust Surviver and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel has died.

He was famous for his writing about life as a teenager in Nazi concentration camps, where he lost his mother and younger sister to the death chambers and his father to starvation and dysentery.

He dedicated his life to ensuring the atrocities committed under the Nazis were never forgotten, in the hope that such tragedy would never happen again.

He wrote:

“We must always take sides.
Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.
Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

Sometimes we must intervene.
When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant.

Wherever men, women or children are persecuted because of their race, religion or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the centre of the universe.”

No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior.
All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.

Peace is our gift to each other.”

This photograph was taken in the Calais Jungle, in France, in 2016 by our friend Brendan Waterman Photography.