U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approves resolution honouring Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel speaking at the Jewish Federation of Ottawa Annual Campaign launch, September 7, 2005 (Peter Waiser)

Elie Wiesel speaking at the Jewish Federation of Ottawa Annual Campaign launch, September 7, 2005 (Peter Waiser)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a resolution honouring the life and work of Elie Wiesel.

The resolution approved by voice vote on Monday “reaffirms Elie Wiesel’s efforts to preserve the memory of those who perished and prevent the recurrence of another Holocaust, to combat hate and intolerance in any manifestation, and to never forget and also learn from the lessons of history.”

Three members of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council – Reps. Steve Israel, D-N.Y.; Patrick Meehan, D-Pa., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla. – introduced the resolution.

Wiesel, the Holocaust memoirist and 1987 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, died July 2.

“After surviving one of the darkest moments in history, he spoke up and offered a voice to the voiceless,” Israel said on the House floor before the vote. “He offered hope to people without hope.”

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