Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | September 10, 2009

Weekly Read-Along—September 11, 2009: The Perils of Indifference

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦

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Elie Wiesel (1928 –), originally from Transylvania, is an American professor of religion and philosophy at Boston University.  He is a holocaust survivor, having been interned at both Auschwitz and Buchenwald.  Wiesel is the author of several books, including Night, The Gates of the Forest and Rashi.  He is the 1986 Nobel Peace Laureate.

This week’s text is his speech, “The Perils of Indifference”, delivered on April 12, 1999 at the White House in Washington, D.C.  It was part of the Millennium Lectures sponsored by the White House and addressed the question, “What will the legacy of this vanishing century be?”  In particular, he examined the role indifference has played in some of the most notorious atrocities of the twentieth century.

Join others from around the world in this weekly reading event! You can find Wiesel’s text at these websites:

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/ewieselperilsofindifference.html

http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/wiesel.htm

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