Elie Wiesel

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Why does Professor Wiesel think Night is relevant today? "Truth is something that cannot be forgotten, and this is one of those events that are a part of the fabric of truth," Professor Wiesel says. "Truth about everything, truth about truth, truth about humanity, truth about God's and man's relationship—everything. And lo and behold, if you forget it, then who knows what could happen."

As the founding chairman for the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Professor Wiesel says his motto was, "For the dead and the living, we must remember." He says this message is especially important for today's youth.

"It's a bit too late for all of us that were there—we are an endangered species," says Professor Wiesel. "It's not too late for these young people. This is for [them] that I and my peers have been writing and testifying and shouting and whispering."
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