Last week, having heard that Elie Wiesel passed away, I picked one of his books off my office bookshelf. What better way to honor Wiesel's memory than to read his words. Of course, I've read Night and others of his writings, but this book was different. Open Heart is a memoir of Wiesel's experience of emergency heart surgery when he was eighty two.
Because of my father's work on the U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum, Wiesel was a family friend. I remember vividly how during his speech at the opening of the museum in 1993, Wiesel turned to then President Bill Clinton and called him to action about the former Yugoslavia, saying "we must do something to stop the bloodshed in that country!" Wiesel embodied the Jewish conscience -- that "Never Again" means not merely "Never Again" to us but never again to anyone.
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