Writer’s Quote Wednesday #4



In joining Silver Threading Writer’s Quote Wednesday Event this week, I bring you a quote from Elie Wiesel, a Romanian-born American novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor of Hungarian Jewish descent. 

I had a business meeting in a cafe in Amsterdam, and decided to stay there a little longer for an extra coffee and cake.  The place was packed and people shared common tables.  I was observing the coming and going of people, almost always alone.

They seemed indifferent to those around them, and didn’t look nor greeted each other, even when sitting at the same table. They looked like a group of zombies, either lost in thoughts or connecting with smartphones, computers or books. That’s when I decided to shoot some photos…and Elie Wiesel provided me with his wise words to accompany them.

From GoodReads, here is Elie Wisel’s biography: 

Born in Sighet, Romania. September 30, 1928

Eliezer Wiesel is the author of over 40 books, the best known of which is Night, a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust and his imprisonment in several concentration camps.

Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a “messenger to mankind,” noting that through his struggle to come to terms with “his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler’s death camps,” as well as his “practical work in the cause of peace,” Wiesel has delivered a powerful message “of peace, atonement and human dignity” to humanity.

On November 30, 2006 Wiesel received an honorary knighthood in London, England in recognition of his work toward raising Holocaust education in the United Kingdom.


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33 thoughts on “Writer’s Quote Wednesday #4

  1. I recognize the scene you describe in the cafe… It’s the same here too… Zombies indeed in coffee shops, subways and streets…I look forward to seeing the photos you took…
    What a poignant post and quite in tribute to Elie Wiesel…great author and great humanitarian …


    1. It’s a ‘global’ scene, isn’t it? Besides that comes the selfie!
      It’s a tribute to him indeed.
      It is very touching to see so much humanity and compassion from survivors of the holocaust. . They keep being more human than their captors, and that’s what also helped them survive.

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  2. I like this a lot. Perhaps especially because I am sitting in a coffee bar with my laptop and smartphone, watching all the other people around me who seem to be doing the same thing. They seem indifferent to each other, but like me perhaps they are not indifferent to the people with whom they appear to be communicating…I wonder?

    I wonder also. Would we be indifferent now, as so many seemed to be back then, if the horror of the holocaust were to happen again? I’d like to say that we would not, but then looking around the world, I wonder?


    1. You bring an excellent addition to my thoughts. They may not be indifferent to whatever they were connecting with. It was the way they arrived and left that draw my attention. Not a single hello, good morning, do you mind if I join you here…or a goodbye, have a nice day, etc.
      I know I’m using my references. That’s what I do.
      Fortunately, that indifference is not what I often experience in this city.

      And like you I wonder…
      It was once again touching to watch yesterday the ceremony of the 70th anniversary at Auschwitz in Poland.

      Later on when watching the late night news and a wrap up of current religious wars, they made me doubt if those atrocities man can do to each other will ever end.

      I’m afraid many of us already watch it on TV with indifference.

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      1. I recognise your point, people seem to have forgotten how to communicate in the real world and exchange this simple common courtesies that can mean so very much.

        I was listening to BBC radio last night and they were discussing the media reaction to the original Russian discovery of Auschwitz. Apparently despite the utter horror it was only featured on page 5 of 6. They then discussed the apparent indifference of the military and political leaders in the West who knew about the camps but made no plans to alleviate the suffering.

        As for our world, I think that we seem not have learned from much from the past…


  3. Sorry Lucile! I just realized your title photo was the one you took in the cafe! I swear you edited it so well that it looked old-time! Bravissima!
    PS: Must.Get.Coffee


    1. Hi Lia! Nothing to be sorry for. You were right because you know me so well. I have shot many pics!
      This was just one of them that I edited (had fun playing with double exposure).
      Get a coffee and cake!!
      Good morning NYC! Here comes Lia!

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      1. Lol thanks dear !! Your editing was really cool…
        I’m sitting here with a cup… No cake…must get some !
        Indeed the city comes back to life after yesterday’s storm!:))
        here I come indeed!!! Happy Wednesday: ))

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          1. Well it’s -12 degrees Celsius right now, as per my weather app! But I’m bundled up in layers so it’s OK: )
            Happy day to you and hope the sun will come back soon by you!


  4. What cool editing!?!!
    I heartily agree with you, it’s the same most places. I tend to chat to people, and a lot of people find this confronting. Just a hello! I saw an interview of Alexander McCall Smith once (almost 100% certain it was him) and he said that we have forgotten the basic human decency of just saying hello to the person next to you. This is particularly true on airplanes! People probably think I’m weird for saying hi, but hey, I’m a country gal at heart 🙂


    1. Cool, isn’t, it? I played with Pixrl editor. I traded lunchtime for editing and it was fun.
      I wish there would be more country gals like you! Keep like that as we love you as you are!
      This fellow McCall said it all. What does it cost?
      Basic manners in shared and public spaces, helps making the experience more bearable to everyone.

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  5. So true that there is little interaction of people in public places. I don’t find it quite so much here on the West Coast in California, but still, now with smart phones, everyone seems disconnected from where they are and constantly have their eyes glued to their phone screens. It’s kind of sad. Indifference on so many levels.


      1. Lucile! I would love the photo by email. That would be wonderful. I started collecting art cards over 30 years ago. I have no idea why – maybe my mom’s art history background? Putting them in simple frames and hanging them on the wall has been a pleasure over the years and I can easily see your photo on our wall to enjoy every day.

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        1. Hilary, I’m honored. I will send it to you.
          Amazing collection. Could well be influenced by your mom’s background. They say that apples don’t fall far from the trees, don’t they?
          Heartfelt thanks.


  6. I love how you connect your photographs with the quotes. It has so much more meaning. In present times we seem to be even more disconnected than ever before. Great observations my friend. Your quote has deep meaning. ❤


    1. I am so happy you like my contribution. Your blog is so meaningful and carefully organized and you designed this event to bring value to us. Hence, my objective is to also bring something of value to you.
      Sometimes I am just lucky to identify quotes with my photos and thoughts…

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  7. That is really weird and disturbing. We talked about this on another post about being so distracted by and almost addicted to social media. This is a real life illustration of it. Yikes. I like the way you developed the theme of indifference. And the photo is great too. 🙂


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