My feelings about Elie Wiesel were essentially expressed in a comments I made back in 2010 to an article written by Bernard Rorke, who at that time was an international research and advocacy director for the Open Society Roma Initiatives until December 2013,. The reason why I responded to the article was because of mention the author made of Elie Wiesel, and how “Weisel never forgot.” This was very shocking to me because Wiesel’s problem actually was that he chose not to “remember” or to have selective memory. He was also very selective as to whom he would speak out for involving extreme injustices and crimes against humanity while he falsely presented himself as an advocate for human rights because of his own past.
Thus, it was not only Weisel choosing to be totally indifferent to the suffering of the Palestinian people, and the racism and bigotry that exists in Israel, even against Jews who are of color or who came from the Middle East, but he was also totally indifferent to those people who were actually persecuted by the Nazis, and in this case, I speak about the Roma Gypsies.
It is beyond any logical comprehension that Weisel is today receiving such accolades worldwide, including those from President Obama, who called Wiesel “one of the great moral voices of our time, and in many ways, the conscience of the world.” Those words would have certainly befitted someone like Hedy Epstein who passed away just a few weeks ago, but hardly anyone knows of her, or people like Hajo Meyer, or Israel Shahak, who were also survivors, but they gave their voices to what was unjust with no selectiveness as to who was suffering and who were the victims. Wiesel may have contributed something positive as to the suffering existing in this world but instead chose to be indifferent to it, and is a perfect example of why a great part of this world has no conscience.
My comment in 2010:
“I find it shocking that anyone would give recognition to Elie Wiesel in association with the Roma since it was he who wrote so negatively about the Roma in his own book “Night,” the context of which I will not put here. He also opposed the inclusion of the Roma at the American Holocaust Museum until his resignation in the 1980’s. He has never spoken out against the Romas being persecuted throughout Europe and just recently, while he did ask Sarkozy to reverse his decision about expelling Roma from France, he also made clear that it should not be compared to what happened as in the “Jewish case.”
To say that “Wiesel never forgot” should read “Wiesel chose not to remember.”
In a review of Elisabeth Fonseca’s book “Bury Me Standing”. the reviewer wrote:
“In recent decades, a Gypsy intelligentsia has begun to emerge. Fonseca presents detailed profiles of several. Dr. Ian Hancock, an American Gypsy, and the author of The Pariah Syndrome, was instrumental in bringing about, in April 1994, the first-ever Congressional hearing in Washington, D.C., on the human-rights abuses of the Gypsies. After prolonged efforts, Hancock also succeeded in the Gypsy inclusion in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Gypsy inclusion had long been opposed by Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize winner! It was only after Wiesel’s resignation, writes Fonseca, herself an American Jew, that one Gypsy was allowed onto the museum’s 65-member council. (The council comprised more than thirty Jews as well as Poles, Ukranians, and Russians among others but not a single Gypsy.)” END
To add further insult, Wiesel has stood by for years as the Palestinian people are being slowly and methodically destroyed by Israel who carries on the tradition of the Nazis using its own deplorable methods.”
A copy of the article with comments.