Elie Wiesel's Childhood Home Vandalized by Anti-Semites

Elie Wiesel's Childhood Home Vandalized by Anti-Semites

Police in Romania are investigating anti-semitic graffiti found on the walls of the house where Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel was born.

It is "not just an attack on Elie Wiesel's memory, but on all the victims of the Holocaust", said the statement from institute CEO Alexandru Florian.

The Israeli ambassy in Romania condemned an "unprecedented anti-Semitic act", and expressed the hope that those responsible would be swiftly brought to justice.

The vandalism, which happened Friday at the home in Sighetu Marmatiei, near Romania's northern border with Ukraine, is the subject of a police investigation. Jewish Nazi who is in hell with Hitler'.

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Wiesel served as chairman of the Presidential Commission on the Holocaust (later renamed the US Holocaust Memorial Council) from 1978 to 1986, and was involved directly in building the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The museum gives The Elie Wiesel Award to "internationally prominent individuals whose actions have advanced the Museum's vision of a world where people confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity".

He died in 2016 in NY with dozens of books to his name, including "Night", which detailed his and his family's time in concentration camps. His father died at Buchenwald.

The former home of a Nobel Peace Prize victor who survived Auschwitz has been covered in anti-Semitic graffiti. He cited several recent cases, including the failure by authorities to prosecute Gheorghe Funar, a former mayor of the city of Cluj who a year ago said in a filmed speech that the "Romanians are victims of Jews within" who perpetrated "the greatest Holocaust in human history". "But what was most meaningful to him was teaching the innumerable students who attended his university classes".

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