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The Perils of Indifference by Elie Wiesel

The Perils of Indifference

by Elie Wiesel

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In this speech, holocaust survivor, author, and activist Elie Wiesel speaks of indifference as the worst possible response to atrocities that have occurred throughout the 20th century and continue to occur. Speaking before President Clinton, he denounces indifference of American leaders with the knowledge they had of the holocaust during the war. At the end he points signs of hope that the world is no longer allowing indifference as a response to crimes against humanity.


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"Indifference elicits no response. Indifference is not a response. Indifference is not a beginning; it is an end. And, therefore, indifference is always the friend of the enemy, for it benefits the aggressor -- never his victim, whose pain is magnified when he or she feels forgotten. The political prisoner in his cell, the hungry children, the homeless refugees -- not to respond to their plight, not to relieve their solitude by offering them a spark of hope is to exile them from human memory. And in denying their humanity, we betray our own."

-Elie Weisel

This speech was delivered 12 April 1999, Washington, D.C.


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Dying for the answer!
Reviewer davidj
 April 17, 2006
This was a very well-done speech that opened up lots of questions about indifference. Why did certain entities act indifferently and perform certain acts? There may be no answer. Maybe the whole idea is for us as individuals to not be indifferent ever ever again.

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  • Published: 1999
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T007390