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, 1928Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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.