ADL Mourns the Loss of Elie Wiesel

A Courageous Voice Against Anti-Semitism and Genocide

New York, NY, July 2, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) mourns the passing of author, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, a courageous crusader against forces of hatred and intolerance and a voice of conscience who repeatedly reminded the world of the moral imperative to prevent mass genocide from happening again.

Marvin D. Nathan, ADL National Chair, and Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, issued the following statement:

Elie Wiesel was a voice of conscience for the voiceless victims of the Holocaust and for all victims of genocide. In his writings, he eloquently bore witness to the dehumanizing acts of anti-Semitism and hatred that came about during Hitler’s reign in Germany and that led to the death of six million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust.

His written works about the Nazi genocide were unforgettable, but his passion in speaking out repeatedly against anti-Semitism and in defense of the Jewish state as a home for dispossessed Jews around the world made him one of the great Jewish voices of conscience for his generation.

We will never forget his warmth, his generosity of spirit, his humanity, and most of all his astute wisdom, which informed and inspired the work of the Anti-Defamation League for many years.

Elie’s courageous voice against anti-Semitism and intolerance is now silent. But his writings, his speeches and his memory will live on to be a blessing for many generations to come. 

Wiesel was honored on numerous occasions by ADL. Most recently, in 2013, Elie and his wife, Marion, were honored with the ADL Jabotinsky Award in recognition of their courageous leadership and love for the Jewish people and the Jewish State of Israel, for which they were tireless advocates for many years.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.