Tuesday, July 5, 2016

My Last Night With Elie Wiesel

By The Daily Beast, July 03, 2016

I was in North Carolina this week accompanying my son and family for a meeting at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro when Elisha Wiesel informed me that his father’s health had taken an irreversible turn for the worse. Elie, or Reb Eliezer as I always affectionately called him, had been battling illness for more than two years. But each time he fought back. Hearing this was now not the case I was stunned and numb.

Elisha is his father’s foremost achievement and only child. A man of deep warmth humility, his gentility and moral clarity remind you instantly that he is his father’s son. I have loved Elie Wiesel my whole life and I have known him for the past 26 years. He has served as inspiration, mentor, guide, and loving friend. Every moment I have spent with him had been an honor and privilege and I had visited with him just last week.

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