Posted on April 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Computer program judges “Elie Wiesel in Buchenwald” to be 30-36 years of age


A Swedish reader has informed this website of a new computer program that gives the approximate age of a person by scanning their photograph.  Scroll down the linked page to see six examples. [Unfortunately, as of 12-5-15 this page is no longer online, at least not at the address it was. But I found two write-ups about it here and here. It does exist.]

Our reader took advantage of the website’s free demonstration offer and tested two faces from the famous Buchenwald liberation photo taken on April 16, 1945.  Nikolaus Grüner is in the lower left of the FBLPhoto,  and in the background is the round-headed man who is claimed to be Elie Wiesel. These are the results the computer program gave him.

Above:  Estimated age 16 years (exactly the age Grüner was at the time)

Above:  Estimated age between 30 and 36 years (Elie Wiesel was only 16 at the time)

This does not surprise us. It fits what we can see with our natural eyes and brain — and what other evidence has told us. But it’s nice to know that a program designed by the bright folks at Apple has confirmed it.

6 Comments to Computer program judges “Elie Wiesel in Buchenwald” to be 30-36 years of age

  1. by Abe Fauxman

    On April 18, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Such a hateful program is both anti-Semitic and negationist; to cast doubt on the testimony of our dwindling holy Survivors will not be tolerated.

    Allow me some well-placed phone calls to have it banned presto!


  2. by blake121666

    On April 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I saved your pictures above and ran them through the age meter website but got slightly different results:

    For the Gruner pic:
    age_est: 23
    age_min: 16
    age_max: 33

    For the alleged Wiesel pic:
    age_est: 36
    age_min: 26
    age_max: 47

    The second pic is definitely not of a 16 year old; it’s obviously not of Eli Wiesel either. I doubt anyone would honestly think that pic to be of a young Eli Wiesel. Who is seriously claiming this?


  3. by Carolyn

    On April 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks Blake. I appreciate your doing that. Through tests done by another friend on some of his own pictures, I knew the “age meter” estimated ages on the high side. It is not, of course, as good as our own human eye-brain can do. But it does distinguish between children and youths and adults. I think the comparison of Grüner, who was actually 16 at the time, and the “round-headed man” makes it very clear to every honest person that the round-headed man cannot be Wiesel. This should really put an end to this part of the hoax..

    Who is claiming this? Well, read the articles I linked to. But to answer … Elie Wiesel; President Barack Obama, The New York Times and every other newspaper in the U.S.; Yad Vashem Shoah Memorial in Jerusalem,; The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Wash. DC; the Buchenwald camp memorial association in Germany; and every holocaust historian and believer, including all the mainstream media in the world goes along with it.

    Can any of those institutions be taken seriously?


  4. by Cheryl Swain Burbage

    On July 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Oh great, just what the world needs: another denial of the Holocaust! Is Mel Gibson one of your founders?


  5. by Andreea

    On October 27, 2013 at 3:40 am

    “Allow me some well-placed phone calls to have it banned presto!” Abe Fauxman, you clearly prove the nepotism surrounding all this, well done, couldn’t have said it better than you.



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