On Rights and the Universality of Suffering
Everyone should read Elie Wiesel’s obituary in the New York Times. Wiesel was at Auschwitz and Buchenwald when he was a teenager. It obviously was the seminal experience of his life. Such books as Night lay testament to the nightmare he endured.
If Wiesel had spent his entire life focused on the Holocaust, and the suffering of European Jews, no one could have blamed him. But he did not. He was an activist in the cause of human rights and dignity no matter the people suffering. He understood the universality of suffering and that those who have been innocent victims of