New York, NY, December 5, 2013 … Elie and Marion Wiesel, the husband-and-wife team whose courageous crusade against forces of hatred and intolerance has spanned many decades, crises and continents, and who continue to exercise tremendous moral leadership on the international stage, have been honored by the Anti-Defamation League with its distinguished ADL Jabotinsky Award for Courageous Jewish Leadership.
The Wiesels join an elite group of indefatigable Jewish leaders and ardent Zionists who have been so recognized by ADL.
“Elie and Marion Wiesel are more than life partners, they are courageous crusaders against the forces of hatred and intolerance and have in so many ways powerfully influenced change around the world,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “Their courageous leadership is imbued and inspired by a love for the Jewish people and the Jewish State of Israel, which they have tirelessly advocated for for many, many years. And they are voices of conscience in protecting the memory of the Holocaust and in ensuring the dignity of its victims.”
The ADL Jabotinsky Award was established in 1980, when it was presented to then-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and has only been awarded two other individuals since then: the legendary Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, and former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.
The recipients of the award, named after Vladimir Jabotinsky, the Zionist pioneer who helped lead the struggle for the establishment of a Jewish state, “all share one trait in common,” said Mr. Foxman, “their love of the Jewish people and their dedication to its heritage, ethical traditions and creative survival.”
Elie Wiesel is a Nobel Laureate, Holocaust survivor, and eminent scholar who has written more than 60 books of fiction and nonfiction. A devoted supporter of Israel, he has defended the cause of Soviet Jews and other oppressed minority groups around the world.
For more than 15 years, working through the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, which he and Marion founded soon after he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize for Peace, the Wiesels have been devoted to the cause of Ethiopian-born Israeli youth through the Foundation Beit Tzipora Centers for Study and Enrichment.
The ADL award, which consists of a framed portrait of Jabotinsky, was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Wiesel during a private ceremony last week at the New York City residence of the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.