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Elie Wiesel Posters, Books, Video, Links for Learning
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Voices of Diversity - Elie Wiesel, Art Print
Elie Wiesel, Poster

Elie Wiesel
b. 9-30-1928; Sighet, Transylvania

Elie Wiesel, writer, professor, and Holocaust survivor, was awarded the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize as “a messenger to mankind; his message is one of peace, atonement and human dignity. His belief that the forces fighting evil in the world can be victorious is a hard-won belief. His message is based on his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler's death camps. The message is in the form of a testimony, repeated and deepened through the works of a great author.”





ELIE WIESEL POSTERS
Literature Posters

Leave a Trace, Elie Wiesel
Leave A Trace,
Poster

“All that we can do during our lives is to leave a trace. We can leave it on a piece of paper, or on the ground or in the hearts and minds of others.”


World Religions - Judaism Wall Poster
Judaism,
Poster

World Religions -
Judaism
“Here, O Lord, the Eternal One is our God, the Eternal God alone, You shall love your Eternal God with all your heart, and with all your mind, with all your being.” Deuteronomy 6:4-6

. . . Throughout their history, Jews have endured persecution. In 586 B.C., the Jewish temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians, and many Jews were exiled from their homeland. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, European Jews face anti-Semitism – prejudice against people of the Jewish faith – from the predominantly Christian European population. And during World War II, more than six million Jews were murdered by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in the Holocaust. . . .


Anne Frank, Writers Who Changed the World Poster Series
Anne Frank,
Writers Who
Changed the World
Poster Series

Anne Frank
b. 6-12-1929; Frankfurt am Main, Germany
d. Feb/March, 1945; Bergen-Belsen Camp

“I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more.”

Anne Frank posters
Writers Who Changed the World posters


Badges of Hate Poster
Badges of Hate Poster

no longer available

Badges of Hate

Jews were ordered to wear a cloth patch in the shape of the Star of David by the Reich in the onset of World War II. There is a long history of forcing identifying marks or clothing on those who did not belong to the ruling class.


Upon announcing that author, philosopher, and educator Elie Wiesel would receive the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, the head of the Nobel committee said, “Elie Wiesel has emerged as one of the most important spiritual leaders and guides ... when violence, repression, and racism continue to characterize the world. His message is one of peace ... and human dignity.” Mr. Wiesel began spreading this message after he survived one of the most horrifying expereinces humans have ever had to face – life in a Nazi concentration camp. He lived through the Holocaust – the Nazis terrible campaign to exterminate the Jewish people.

Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in Sighet, Romania. The Wiesels were a Jewish family with one son, Elie, and three daughters. Elie expected to spend his life in this quiet little town, studying religious texts and helping in his father's store. But World War Two and the Nazis shattered this dream. The Nazis overran Europe. They rounded up Jews and sent them to prison-like concentration camps. And in the spring of 1944, the Nazis reached Sighet. The Wiesels were among the Jews herded into trains bound for concentration camps in Poland. The Wiesels were sent to Auschwitz, one of the most famous Nazi death camps. More than a million people – mostly Jews – died in the gas chambers or from starvation, illness, and abuse at Auschwitz. When the Wiesels arrived there, they were stripped of their personal possessions, and Elie's mother and sister were killed. In his book, Night, Elie Wiesel described his memory of his arrival at the concentration camp: ‘Never shall I forget that night, the first night at the camp, which has turned my life into one long night.’ Elie and his father survived Auschwitz and were sent to another camp, called Buna, where they worked on slave labors. Only a few months before World War Two ended in 1945, Elie and his father were moved again to a camp called Buchenwald. Elie's father died at Buchenwald of disease and starvation.

After World War Two, Elie Wiesel moved to Paris, where he studied philosophy. He worked as a journalist, writing for Israeli, French, and American newspapers. In 1956, he moved to the United States, and he became an American citizen seven years later. Since then Elie Wiesel has spent his time teaching, writing, and lecturing. He continues to work for human rights everywhere, and he believes that speaking out against oppression will help prevent other holocausts. (Text from out of print poster.)

• “There is divine beauty in learning, just as there is human beauty in tolerance. To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you.”
• “Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.”
• “I decided to devote my life to telling the story because I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead. And anyone who does not remember betrays them again.”
• “The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, but indifference between life and death.”
• “Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures, it is our gift to each other.”
• “No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.”
• “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.”
• “Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future.”
• “None of us is in a position to eliminate war, but it is our obligation to denounce it and expose it in all its hideousness. War leaves no victors, only victims.”
• “No human being is illegal.”
• “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. The Talmud tells us that by saving a single human being, man can save the world.”

ELIE WIESEL BOOKS, VIDEO

All Rivers Run to the Sea: Memoirs by Elie Wiesel - The long-awaited memoirs of Wiesel, winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, tell the story of his happy childhood in the Carpathian Mountains, his subsequent years of hell in Auschwitz and Buchenwald, and his post-war life in France, where he discovered his voice as a writer. Highly recommended.

The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, The Accident by Elie Wiesel - Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. Night, first published in 1960, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Wiesel writes of their battle for survival, and of his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnesses each day. In the short novel Dawn a young man who has survived the Second World War and settled in Palestine, is apprenticed to a Jewish terrorist gang. Commanded to execute a British officer who has been taken hostage, the former victim becoms an executioner. In The Accident, Wiesel again turns to fiction to question the limits of the spirit and the self. Can Holocaust survivors forge a new life without the memories of the old? As the author writes in his introduction, “In Night it is the ‘I’ who speaks; in the other two [narratives], it is the ‘I’ who listens and questions.” [from the back cover]

A Vanished World by Roman Vishniac, Elie Wiesel - Roman Vishniac’s A Vanished World is an extraordinary record of the lives of German and Eastern European Jews in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac, a Russian Jew, began to take photographs of village life during World War I, when Russian Jews who lived near the front were accused of being German spies and were deported to Siberia. He later moved to Germany, where he witnessed the horrible events of Kristallnacht and the anti-Jewish legislation that allowed Hitler to declare his enemies stateless and therefore unworthy of international protection. As we study Vishniac’s photographs--a surviving fraction of the more than 16,000 he took--we are aware that we are seeing the faces of those soon to die, witnessing a world that has all but perished. Yet that world, of shops and schools, of busy streets and quiet farms, remains with us if only as a ghostly memory, thanks in part to Vishniac’s compassionate eye.

Elie Wiesel Goes Home VHS ~ William Hurt -

Greatness and Passion, The Story of David VHS - After a successful television debut, Great Figures of the Bible the special series narrated by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, author of more than thirty books that have been translated into 18 different languages, has been adapted into a six-part videotape series. While Mr. Wiesel often appeared on television interviews and in news reports covering events such as his receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House to his humanitarian journey to Sarajevo, he had never before been the host of a television/video.

Yale Roe, the producer of this series, designed the programs to open the richness and the relevance of the great Rabbinic stories to both the Jewish and non-Jewish viewer. Mr. Roe, a former ABC-TV network executive and now president of Yale Roe Films, is the author of two books on the television industry and is winner of numerous awards for his productions.


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