JLC Statement on the Passing of Elie Wiesel


2 July 2016

The Jewish Leadership Council mourns the passing of Holocaust survivor, human rights activist, author, philosopher and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel.

Sir Mick Davis, Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, said:

“Elie Wiesel dedicated every waking moment to Holocaust commemoration and to preserving the memory of those darkest of times for future generations. As burdened as he was with his own suffering and that of all of the victims of the Shoah, he was living proof of the capacity of the human spirit to heal and overcome evil. He constantly reminded us that the “opposite of love is not hate but indifference” and challenged all of humanity to be accountable for their fellow man and to defend the weak and the oppressed. Elie called for us never to stand idly by in the face of injustice, for “neutrality helps the oppressor” and “silence encourages the tormentor”.

“I had the privilege of meeting Elie in my capacity as Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission. I was struck by the power of his prose and by his devotion to ensuring that “never again” is not merely a watchword. Today, the Jewish people have lost one of its great moral advocates.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Marion, and the entire family. May they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may his memory be a blessing to us all.”