We will remember
With deep sorrow the Limmud FSU family bids farewell to Eli Wiesel – a man who dedicated his life to the memory of the Holocaust, to Jewish people and the whole humanity. We were privileged to meet him and partake of his wisdom and vision. His memory will live in our hearts forever.
Limmud FSU founder Chaim Chesler met Wiesel at his New York office 2 years ago:
“What began as my briefing him on the world-wide work of Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union), turned into a fascinating exchange that I could not have imagined.
I had come to brief him on Limmud FSU events during the past year and especially the biggest-ever event in Moscow, with over 1,200 participants in late April, and another in New Jersey in March, with the participation of some 800 young Russian-speaking Jews, many of them graduates of the Birthright and Masa programs. I also wanted to tell him about the next event, which is to take place, for the second time, in Chisinau (Kishinev), Moldova, between 23-25 May, with the participation of some 400 people.
My acquaintance with Elie Wiesel goes back to the 1980s when I was secretary-general of the Israel Public Council for Soviet Jewry. His contribution to the fight for freedom of Soviet Jewry was unprecedented and his book, Jews of Silence: A Personal Report on Soviet Jewry, was for us, activists on behalf of the Jews incarcerated behind the Iron Curtain, holy writ”.
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