House Members Introduce Resolution Honoring Elie Wiesel

A group of Congressmen introduced on Thursday a bipartisan resolution honoring the life and work of Holocaust survivor and activist, Elie Wiesel, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 87.

The resolution, supported by 137 members of the House of Representatives, 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.”

“It is difficult to truly capture the immense positive impact that Elie Wiesel had on our world, and certainly on my life,” said Rep. Ted Deutch, who introduced the resolution along with Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA). “After surviving one of humanity’s darkest moments, he worked to keep alive the memories and stories of the millions of lives that were lost. He committed himself to fighting for the voiceless and refused to stay silent as atrocities transpired against others. He was a source of inspiration for millions of people, and he will forever live in history as one of the most influential figures of his time.”

“Wiesel taught the world about the atrocities of the Holocaust and devoted his entire life to ridding the world of hate and intolerance,” said Rep. Israel. “I am proud to introduce this resolution to honor Mr. Wiesel’s life and acknowledge the indelible mark he has made on the Jewish community and the entire world.”

Added Rep. Meehan, “It’s fitting that Congress should honor him for the contributions he made to America and the world.”

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.

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