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May 14, 2012

Famous quotes from Elie Wiesel

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 3:52 pm

“Some stories are true that never happened.”  Elie Wiesel

The above quote is from which you can read here.

The quote is also written as

“Some events do take place but are not true;
others are, although they never occurred.”

How should we interpret this?  Does he mean that a person, who was never in Auschwitz or Buchenwald, can write a book and claim that he was there?  Because some things are true, although they never occurred?

What events took place, but are not true?  Maybe the gassing of prisoners, which took place, as everyone knows, although this event is not true.

If you deny that the gassing of prisoners took place, even though it is not true, you will go to prison in these countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and Switzerland.

My favorite quote from Elie Wiesel is this one, which he wrote in “Legends of Our Time” in 1968, after a visit to Germany:

“There is a time to love and a time to hate; whoever does not hate when he should does not deserve to love when he should, does not deserve to love when he is able. Perhaps, had we learned to hate more during the years of ordeal, fate itself would have taken fright. The Germans did their best to teach us but we were poor pupils in the discipline of hate. Yet today, even having been deserted by my hate during that fleeting visit to Germany, I cry out with all my heart against silence. Every Jew, somewhere in his being, should set apart a zone of hate — healthy, virile hate–for what the German personifies and for what persists in the German. To do otherwise would be a betrayal of the dead.”


  1. FG I think you missed out on Spain on the next stop = prison list for truthseekers, there is one right now, forgot his name though

    Comment by wolf — May 17, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

  2. I am a student from Slovakia;
    during our yearly (!) five-day lectures on the Holocaust the teacher read an excerpt from the Night to us.
    I brought up the factual accuracy of the book,
    and the teacher said: “You are lucky I am here, because I will pretend you didn’t say anything.”

    Comment by juli.o — May 15, 2012 @ 1:03 am

    • Do you currently live in Slovakia? Or do you now live in America? If you are a citizen of Slovakia, you could be sent to prison for saying that Wiesel’s book is not factually accurate. There will eventually be a law which will prevent free speech in America, but hopefully I will be dead by that time.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 15, 2012 @ 11:17 am

      • I’m still living in Slovakia. Slovakia was socialist for a long time, so people kind of got used to these kind of laws.
        But such laws in America? Hell NO.

        Comment by juli.o — May 22, 2012 @ 3:37 am

  3. “In my calculations, all the figures always add up to the same number: six million.”

    “I describe incidents which may or may not have happened but which are true.”

    “I do not feel at ease in a church.”

    “That unbaptised kike Madoff stole my money.”

    “Look. I’ll pretend I was in Auschwitz, but I’m not going to allow you to tattoo the number on me. Leviticus 19:28 you schmuck! I want to be buried with Jews when I die. I’ll just wear long sleeves in public — no-one will ever notice.”

    – Wiesel

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — May 15, 2012 @ 12:51 am

  4. Worth reposting:

    Students brainwashed by Wiesel.

    Comment by Eager for Answers — May 14, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

  5. “Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds” is another gem from old Wiesel. Taken at face value, is he saying that by writing about something you’re passionate about makes it true?

    Comment by Mic Filler — May 14, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

  6. Well Said!

    Comment by notsofancynancy — May 14, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

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