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Cotton Statement on the Death of Elie Wiesel

July 2, 2016

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the death of Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and author Elie Wiesel:

"The Yiddish version of Elie Wiesel's memoir Night ends on a note of despair. He fears that the force of forgetfulness, the human urge to turn away from horror, and the lies of deceivers would bury the memory of the Holocaust. He laments that his words would do nothing to ‘shake the conscience of the world.' On this point, Elie Wiesel was wrong. His poetic yet unvarnished words and dignified advocacy cast a harsh light on the atrocities of the Holocaust, spoke loudly for the dead, and ceaselessly defended the basic rights of the living. He reminded each of us of our responsibility to each other by showing us the terrible depths to which mankind can descend."