The man who came to embody the idea of “Never Again” has died. Elie Wiesel lived a long and full life and his work is so important that most people can’t remember what it was like before him. There was a period of time — about ten to twenty years after the war — where the Holocaust wasn’t talked about much. Survivors would be told that they were exaggerating and most people just didn’t want to hear about it. Wiesel was the key part of the movement that drew the Holocaust out of the shadows to the point where most people today can’t imagine not knowing about it.
I’m always sad when a Holocaust survivor dies. But a part of me is so happy that they lived so long in defiance of evil. RIP.