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Quotes of the Day for 30 September 2003 – Eliezer Wiesel

Eliezer Wiesel was born at Sighet, Romania on this day in 1928. Sighet became part of Hungary in 1940, the Nazis deported the Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944 where his mother and sister were killed. In January of 1945, Wiesel and his father were marched to Buchenwald, where his father died. After the war he moved to Paris, studied at the Sorbonne, and began to write about his experiences. After moving to the US and headed the US Holocaust Museum Council. He was honored with the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1986.

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The quotes:

But where shall I start? The world is so vast, I shall start with the country I know best, my own. But my country is so very large, I had better start with my town. But my town, too, is large. I had best start with my street. No, my home. No, my family. Never mind, I shall start with myself.

I have one request: May I never use my reason against truth.

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.

Memory feeds a culture, nourishes hope, and makes a human human.

I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.

There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don't see them.
     - All from Eliezer Wiesel

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