Just after I had recovered from the shock of learning that Christian Bernadac was not a prisoner at Mauthausen, I received another e-mail which alerted me to a new photo of Elie Wiesel that has gone up on a web site that is devoted to proving that Elie was not a prisoner at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. This new photo shows 5 of the Buchenwald orphans, known as “the boys of Buchenwald,” after they were taken to France, following the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp.
The photo, which is shown below, is from the USHMM web site. I copied it from the Elie-Wiesel-Cons-the World web site.
Before I read the caption for the photo, I looked closely at it to see if I could identify Elie Wiesel. I don’t think that any of the five young men in the photo look like Elie Wiesel. Compare the image of the young man standing in the middle of the photo to the well-known photo of Elie Wiesel as a young man, which is shown below.
The photo above, which has positively been identified as a photo of Elie Wiesel as a young man, shows that he has a long face and heavy eyebrows. He has a brooding, sorrowful expression on his face. The photo, which the USHMM has identified as Elie Wiesel in France, shows a happy young man with a square face and average eyebrows.
The two photos above show that Elie Wiesel typically has the expression of an unhappy man, not the pleasant face of the young man in the new photo that has just been put up. The web master of the Elie-Wiesel-Cons-the-World web site seems to be giving Elie the benefit of the doubt regarding his stay in France. I can believe that he was in France in 1945 and 1946, but not that he is the young man in the new photo. This is just my opinion; I am not an expert on photo identification.
The photo below shows the orphan boys of Buchenwald marching out of the camp. Ken Waltzer has identified one of the boys in the photo as Elie Wiesel; you can read about it here.