More than a thousand residents of the town sighet, located in Northern Romania, took part in the events dedicated to the memory of their countryman, the Jewish writer Elie Wiesel, journalist and public figure, laureate of the Nobel peace prize.
These events were organized by the international Jewish project «Limmud CIS» and «March of the living», supported «the claims conference» and the world Zionist organization (WZO).
The final and most striking event was the March of memory Wiesel, which was held under the slogan «anti-Semitism leads to Auschwitz» and was a response to anti-Semitic demonstrations in the U.S. and Europe. Hundreds of people marched from the house where Wiesel was born and lived, through the center Sigeta to the station, where in may 1944, all Jews of the city, including Wiesel, his sisters and parents were deported to the death camp Auschwitz.
The March was attended by foreign guests: the Israeli Minister for pensioners Gila Gamliel, head of the party «Yesh Atid» and Knesset member Yair Lapid, the honorary Consul of Romania in Israel and Netanyahu’s personal physician Dr. Tzvi Berkovich, Chairman of the JNF Dani Atar, founder of Limmud FSU Chaim Chesler, the Executive President of the «claims conference» Greg Schneider, head of the Jewish community of Romania Dr. Orel Weiner, Vice-Chairman of the Supreme court of Israel, Elyakim Rubinstein, Chairman of the project Limmud FSU, Matthew Bronfman, Rabbi Yitzhak Greenberg and Director of the Center for Jewish studies memory of Elie Wiesel at Boston University Professor Stephen Katz.
Note that in the fate of Russian-speaking Jews Elie Wiesel played a major role – he had other realized that their rights in the Soviet Union are infringed, and they need help. In 1965 he went on a trip to the Soviet Union to obtain reliable information on the situation of Soviet Jews and met with thousands of representatives of the Jewish community. Being under impression from seen and heard, he wrote a book «Jews of silence» in which he called on the international community to help Soviet Jews in their struggle for the right to emigrate from the country.
At the opening ceremony of the memorial plaque at the station Shigeta made by the head of the party «Yesh Atid» Yair Lapid. «We are here to pay tribute to Ali Wisely, dear person whose personal memories has become the collective memory of an entire people. Elie Wiesel was a close friend of my father, I knew him as a child. We are here to pay tribute to the man who made an enormous contribution to the preservation of the memory of the Holocaust and have done a lot to combat anti-Semitism and made a lot of good and useful for the state of Israel,» said Israeli politician.
Lapid touched on international issues, including the rising anti-Semitism around the world, and expressed deep disappointment, as the President of trump reacts to it in his country.
«I believe that trump is a true friend of Israel, but I have to admit that he was disappointed in his reaction to the terrible anti-Semitism. They remind us of the darkest periods in history and brings us back again to Europe of the 1930-ies,» said Lapid.
«Unfortunately, we still have to deal with the hatred of those who deny the Holocaust, the constant manifestations of anti-Semitism and other hazards, the source is rooted in the ignorance of the people, – said the Minister Gila Gamliel. – It is our duty to continue the fight, begun by Elie Wiesel – the fight against hatred, bigotry and demons of the past».
«Today we have fulfilled our obligation to one of the most prominent mentors of the project Limmud FSU, These Wiesel – said Sandra Cahn, co-founder of Limmud FSU. – We worthily commemorates the most distinguished citizen of this city».
Dr. Zvi Berkowitz announced at the event a message from the Israeli Prime Minister. «Netanyahu is always sincerely appreciated and respected Elie Wiesel, said Berkowitz. – The head of government hopes that similar events will be held annually to emphasize the importance of what he called Elie Wiesel – tolerance, brotherhood, the duty to remember and never forget».