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Elie Wiesel to be Honoured by US Congress

Elie Wiesel (Source: Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity)
By Jordan Zaitchik
B’nai Brith Canada
The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee has approved a bill to honour the life and work of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Wiesel.

The bipartisan-sponsored bill “memorializes the life and work of Elie Wiesel and reaffirms the Congress’ commitment to continuing his work of keeping the memory and lessons of the Holocaust alive and preventing similar atrocities from occurring in the future,” said Ted Deutch (D), one of the three congressional members that introduced the bill.

“Elie Wiesel committed his entire life to ensuring that the memory of the victims of the Holocaust live on, both through education of the horrors of the Holocaust and through advocacy in preventing future atrocities,” Deutch said. “This resolution reflects our appreciation and deep respect, and he will be remembered as one of the greatest and most courageous and influential humanitarians of our lifetime.”

Wiesel was a renowned writer, essayist and human rights activist, having written many publications about the Holocaust. Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize for speaking out against violence, repression, and racism. He has also received numerous honours from several countries and countless honourary degrees from schools across the globe.

Wiesel died on July 2, 2016 at the age of 87.