Senior Israeli, Romanian officials among those set to march from Wiesel’s former home in Sighet to train station where city’s Jewish population was deported to Auschwitz in 1944 • Local government confirms Sighet train station to be named after Wiesel.

Dan Lavie

Hundreds of Jews from Romania and Hungary, Jewish community leaders from around the world, senior Israeli and Romanian officials and local residents will take part in a memorial march on Sunday for the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in his birthplace of Sighetu Marmatiei in Romania.

The event is the initiative of the March of the Living, Limmud FSU, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and Romania’s Jewish community.


Participants will depart from Wiesel’s former home in what is now Sighet, Romania and make their way through the city’s streets to the train station where Wiesel and his family members were deported to Auschwitz in May of 1944 following the liquidation of the ghetto there. Senior Romanian, U.S. and Israeli officials are set to speak at a ceremony at the station.

Over the weekend, organizers of the event learned of a plan to name the train station after Wiesel had been authorized by the local government.

Limmud FSU founder Chaim Chessler said, “When we planned to invite Wiesel to a special event to recreate the march from his home to the train station where he was taken to Auschwitz, he didn’t know whether he would survive to indeed make it to the march, and asked me to promise him it would take place.” Chessler said that today, they would fulfill this promise.