Taking a Stand: A Reflection on Elie Wiesel and Hedy Epstein

Mark Chmiel points out an important distinction between two distinguished Holocaust survivors (Elie Wiesel and Hedy Epstein) in this essay. The distinction is significant and telling.

Hold It All

These days I am thinking of two Holocaust survivors.

I met with one today: 86 year-old Hedy Epstein and I had lunch at Blackberry Cafe in Clayton.  The other is receiving an honorary doctorate tomorrow at Washington University: 82 year-old Elie Wiesel, who will also give the commencement address.

Mr. Wiesel and Ms. Epstein have in common the central experience of their lives: their families destroyed by the Nazi genocide.  He survived the Auschwitz death camp, and she left Germany in 1939 on a Kindertransport to Great Britain.

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