Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Elie Wiesel Waxes Philosophical About the Armenian Genocide

Christopher Jon Bjerknes



A friend has informed me of an interesting article, which is available on the internet. While pontificating on the Armenian Genocide, Elie Wiesel purportedly said,

"No one is asking for the Turks to take responsibility. All the Armenians want is the right to remember. Seven generations separate us from the events that happened in World War I and nobody in his right mind would say that today's Turks are responsible for what happened."E. Wiesel, as quoted by Harut Sassounian, "Commentary: Wiesel is Right on Genocide Recognition; Wrong on Armenians' Quest for Justice", The California Courier, http://groong.usc.edu/news/msg208776.html (1 November 2007).

Contrast this with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel's statement in 1968, where he was a bit less circumspect about the guilt of modern Germans, who, unlike Turks who largely deny the Armenian Genocide, do not by and large deny the genocide of Europe's Jewry,

"Every Jew, somewhere in his being, should set apart a zone of hate—healthy, virile hate—for what the German personifies and for what persists in the German. To do otherwise would be a betrayal of the dead."—E. Wiesel, Legends of Our Time, Schocken Books, New York, (1982), p. 142.

Wiesel is an overrated poseur. When he opens his mouth, especially in response to an unexpected question, he shows what a mediocre mind he has. It is not wise to look to Wiesel for wisdom.