Champion for Human Rights: The Life & Work of Elie Wiesel


This exhibition featured material from political activist, human rights advocate, Holocaust survivor, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel (1928 - 2016). The exhibition highlighted Professor Wiesel's life and work, from his early life growing up in Sighet, Romania, through surviving the Holocaust, and his work promoting remembrance and advocating for human rights across the globe.

The exhibition also showcased Wiesel's battles for human rights across the globe, including his work in South Africa, Rwanda, Bosnia, the USSR and South Asia. Materials shown included articles against apartheid, correspondence with Vice President Dan Quayle, Jerome J. Shestack, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, and remarks by Elie Wiesel at the Eighth Annual Human Rights Campaign Fund Dinner. It also featured material regarding the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, whose mission is to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding and equality. Also on display is Wiesel's 1986 Nobel Peace Prize Award, along with a copy of his acceptance speech, entitled "Hope, Despair and Memory."

This exhibition is no longer on view.

Elie Wiesel