The House of Representatives on Monday unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution honoring the life and work of Holocaust survivor and activist, Elie Wiesel, who passed away in July at the age of 87.
The resolution, introduced by Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY) along with Reps Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Ted Deutch (D-FL), and supported by 137 members, honors the life and legacy of Elie Wiesel and “reaffirms Elie Wiesel’s efforts to preserve the memory of those who perished and prevent the recurrence of another Holocaust, to combat hate and intolerance in any manifestation, and to never forget and also learn from the lessons of history.”
“Mr. Wiesel’s tremendous impact has reached millions across the globe and I believe he is truly one of the most influential and important figures of our time, perhaps in all time,” Rep. Israel said on the House floor before the resolution was passed by voice vote. “After surviving one of the darkest moments in history, he spoke up and offered a voice to the voiceless. He offered hope to people without hope. He spoke for the millions we lost in the Holocaust, but also those who survived. He helped educate the entire world on the atrocities committed during the Holocaust, and he ensured, Mr. Speaker, that we would never forget.”
Wiesel received numerous awards for his lifelong work promoting human rights, peace, and Holocaust remembrance. These include the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States Congressional Gold Medal, the National Humanities Medal, and the Medal of Liberty.
“Elie Wiesel’s tremendous impact has reached millions across the globe, and I believe he is truly one of the most influential and important figures of our time,” Israel said in a statement on Monday. “He educated the world about the atrocities of the Holocaust and engraved the meaning of ‘never again’ in our hearts and minds. I am honored to have introduced this resolution, and am pleased that the House of Representatives acknowledged the indelible mark he has made on the Jewish community and the entire world.”