Posted on 17/07/2016
Colin Davis, Professor in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures and author of 'Elie Wiesel's Secretive Texts', has issued a statement on behalf of the Centre after the death of Wiesel:
'Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in Sighet, Romania. In May 1944 he was deported to Auschwitz with other members of his family. He saw his mother and his younger sister Tzipora for the last time at the entrance to Auschwitz. He remained with his father until the latter’s death in Buchenwald. After the war, Wiesel wrote about his harrowing experiences, first in Yiddish, then in French in a book entitled La Nuit, translated into English as Night, which became one of the most widely-read first-hand descriptions of the Holocaust. He became a US citizen and dedicated the rest of his life to study, teaching, writing and human rights campaigning. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1986. With his death on 2 July 2016, we have lost one of the most influential witnesses to the Holocaust. The Holocaust Research Centre is sad at his passing, and grateful for his immeasurable contribution to the endeavour to preserve the memory of atrocity.'