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July 13, 2011

New photo of Elie Wiesel as a young man

Filed under: Buchenwald, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:03 pm

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.

Is Elie Wiesel in this photo?

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.

Photo of Elie Wiesel as a young man

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.

Book cover with photo of Elie Wiesel

Recent photo of Elie Wiesel

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.

Orphan boys marching out of Buchenwald camp in 1945


  1. […] New photo of Elie Wiesel as a young man В« Scrapbookpages Blog Jul 13, 2011 … I don't think that any of the five young men in the photo look like Elie Wiesel. … […]

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  2. P.S. – I’ve seen numerous photographs of the same British POW soccer team photos, especially in connection with your writings about Avey.

    Why don’t you post the photograph from Avey’s book of him filling in on the South African soccer team?

    It’s just so incongruous to the whole story. Games (tournaments) were so well organized different nationalities would fill in because there weren’t enough South African prisoners.

    After all, between all the whipping and starving, how could the Nazis possibly allow a practical World Cup right next to Auschwitz?

    Comment by Eric Hunt — July 14, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    • Thank you very much for the photo. I have copied it and I will use it on my blog. By the way, the German guards, who are always shown in the soccer team photos, look very friendly and pleasant to me. Of course, they were Wehrmacht soldiers, not SS men. Nevertheless, the Germans in the old photos never look like the monsters that they are claimed to have been.

      Comment by furtherglory — July 14, 2011 @ 11:51 am

  3. Initially I say Wiesel isn’t in that last photograph at all, not only because the boys don’t resemble Wiesel, but also because that last photo was analyzed by Kenneth Waltzer, to call him a psuedohistorian would be giving him too much credit.

    Waltzer is a non-historian – a Jewish supremacist ideologue who has no problem with Irene Zisblatt going around to elementary schools or Chabad Houses telling how Mengele removed her tattoo before she escaped from inside a gas chamber and was thrown naked over a barbed wire fence onto a train leaving Auschwitz, all the while repeatedly defecating and swallowing diamonds.

    Comment by Eric Hunt — July 14, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    • I previously blogged about how Kenneth Waltzer identified Elie Wiesel in the photo of the orphans of Buchenwald marching out of the camp here:

      The boy who was identified as Elie Wiesel in that photo looks nothing like the boy in the new photo that has been identified as Elie Wiesel. How can Elie Wiesel be in any of the photos of the “boys of Buchenwald” when there is no proof that he was a prisoner in Buchenwald. He has no ID number for Buchenwald. Elie claims to have a tattoo from Auschwitz but I don’t think he claims to have a Buchenwald ID number.

      I have just recently become aware that there are many writers who have “reconstructed the life of an inmate in a concentration camp.” There is a whole genre of so-called survivors who write Holocaust books of this nature.

      Comment by furtherglory — July 14, 2011 @ 11:42 am

  4. I have added one more photo to my blog post. It is a photo of the orphan boys marching out of the Buchenwald camp. Which boy do you think is Elie Wiesel?

    Comment by furtherglory — July 13, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

  5. The person in the back center IS Wiesel.

    You can find photographs of him posing today with children in the same exact pose and smile.

    Comment by Eric Hunt — July 13, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    • Pray tell how it is you KNOW that is Elie Wiesel in the photo? Are you aware of the many photograph from this period, and at this place, in which Jewish boys posed with their hands on other’s shoulders and even with their arms around each other? Very common. Not exclusive to Elie Wiesel at all. I should think you would set your standards for proof a little higher.

      In any event, I don’t agree with furtherglory that the faces are all that different. He has to also look at the person in the group portrait below that one on Carolyn Yeager’s site that is identified as Elie Wiesel. He is dressed the same but here he’s not smiling, his face looks longer, not square. It *could* be Elie, but that’s all we can say for sure right now. Yeager has asked: Where are the records from those homes? Why are they never brought forward to prove Wiesel was there? Do they contain information that would NOT be helpful?

      Comment by Skeptic — July 14, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

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