Must Quote Monday: Elie Wiesel

I think I’ll try and post a quote every Monday, one that has been echoing in my mind or overheard in a coffee shop, or read on a blog. Today’s comes from a video I’ve been watching with my classes, an interview between Oprah Winfrey and Elie Wiesel. As most people know, Wiesel is a rather acclaimed survivor of the Holocaust. His book Night is, perhaps, one of the most influential memoirs in history. During the interview, Oprah accompanies Elie back to the sight of Auschwitz. His response:

“Each time I come, I try not to speak for a day, or two, or three… and just go back and try to find the silence that was in me then…

Look, look at this place. The immensity of it. It’s a universe. I come here and try to see the invisible, try to hear the inaudible.”

The quote doesn’t need much explanation. I think the desire to give voice to what has been lost, to hear what should have been heard, is powerful.

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