Posted on April 4, 2011 at 8:43 am

Wiesel Contradicts Himself to Chapman Students

By Carolyn Yeager

 Cliches are all Chapman students get from the Master of Platitudes’much-ballyhooed visit.Above: Elie Wiesel looks frail in this group photo taken after he spoke to students at the Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library at Chapman University. (Photo credit: Orange Country Register)

The Los Angeles Times sent its own reporter to cover the Holocaust Hero’s grand arrival at Chapman University during the first week of April. The Local section of the newspaper had a report on Wiesel’s visit with 21 students in the specialized Holocaust  Library on the campus.

Wiesel has fewer answers these days (not much is expected of him) and speaks in a sort of cliché-language that he has mastered. He can be confident his listeners will supply a profound meaning to any utterance that comes forth from his mouth. For example:

One (student) wanted to know how Wiesel managed to overcome the memories of the deaths of his father, mother and sister to write his first book, “Night,” an autobiographical account of … Nazi concentration camps.

With deep sadness in his eyes, Wiesel replied, “Only those who were there know what it was like. We must bear witness. Silence is not an option.”

Wiesel did not really like this question and gave a short answer that was not an answer at all. The question was: How did he overcome the [painful] memories in order to write his book? His actual answer, interpreted, was: “I won’t, or I can’t, answer your question.” We can ask why he won’t answer that question, and also why  he has not ever answered that question. Could it be because he has no idea how to answer it since such a thing did not actually happen to him?

To make it sound like he’s giving some kind of answer, he adds two things that have nothing to do with the question: “We must bear witness” and “Silence is not an option.” These are both favorite sayings typically associated with him. Upon hearing him say them, his listeners are satisfied that they are hearing the real Wiesel, that they are blessed by a “transforming” moment.

Another question was more to Wiesel’s liking. “How can this generation preserve what you learned there?”

Wiesel brightened as he said, “Listen to the survivors. They are an endangered species now. This is the last chance you have to listen to them. I believe with all my heart that whoever listens to a witness becomes a witness. Once we have heard, we must not stand idly by. Indifference to evil makes evil stronger.”

More platitudes. But a reader brought to my attention that Wiesel is contradicting something he said on another occasion. Even though we know contradictions are the usual fare from this man, it’s of note that in a 1978 interview with the New York Times, Wiesel pronounced:

“The Holocaust [is] the ultimate event, the ultimate mystery, never to be comprehended or transmitted. Only those who were there know what it was; the others will never know.”*

This fits his first answer, but not his second. So, is it that “only those who were there know what it was like” (meaning it’s impossible to transmit to others), or is it that we can all “become a witness” (and speak with authority about what it was like)?

If you really want the truthful answer, dear readers, it is whatever benefits the Holocaust Industry. That is the whole reason Elie Wiesel goes to Chapman University—to create publicity for Holocaustianity—since he adds no real value to the students’ learning. Still, it’s all taken very solemnly by the faculty, the mainstream media, and the impoverished students themselves, who don’t realize how they’re being cheated. In a university setting, they are expected to swallow whole whatever they hear from iconic sources re the holocaust. The real questions they have are not answered. It is a farce of education. This Presidential Fellowship shows us once again, when it comes to Elie Wiesel it is always “much ado about nothing.”

*Elie Wiesel, “Trivializing the Holocaust”, New York Times, 16 April 1978, p. 2:1 [Article written in response to the original airing of the NBC miniseries The Holocaust]; quoted in Peter Novick, The Holocaust in American Life, 1999, p. 211.

5 Comments to Wiesel Contradicts Himself to Chapman Students


    On April 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm


    It is as true today as it was when written by Omar Khayyam
    in Quatrain LI of his Rubáiyát nearly 900 years ago.

    “The Moving Finger writes: and, having writ,
    Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
    Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”

    Elie Wiesel is a serial liar whose unprincipled tales of his “experiences”
    in concentration camps heap dishonor of every victim of World War II buried
    Europe. He has no shame. If your really knew him, your mouth would fill with bile
    if you so mentioned his name.

    It is not the “memories” of his “experiences” and the delusional horrifying sights
    he portrays that causes his “Angst”. The Angst is the result of the terrifying fear
    that he will be discovered for the fraud he is and has always been. He more than
    likely foresees how that discovering would trigger the very anti-Semitism he claims
    he is trying to prevent. He has profited handsomely as one the “founders”
    of Holocaust Inc.

    There is a Yiddish aphorism that should be shouted him every where he goes to speak, everywhere and anywhere he appears in public.

    A halber emes iz a gantser ligen.

    A half truth is a whole lie.

    Wiesel’s fraud even more contemptible than that of a thief who steals his grandmother’s
    bones to pry open a purloined cash box.


  2. by SevenUp

    On April 5, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Were you at the talk?

    Do you want to do something effective to expose the holohoax?

    Instead attending and writing a piece preaching to the choir, why not leaflet the event?

    Why not leaflet a holohoax museum? Every day.

    Confront these SOBs, confront the attendees with a leaflet at least.


  3. by Carolyn

    On April 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Go to the menu bar, click on “Downloads” and download the nice flyer we have made available there. Then you can copy as many as you like and hand them out wherever you like.

    Of course, I did not attend. It was closed to all but Chapman students with tickets. and the high school students they bussed over for the talk. Plus I don’t live in California.


  4. by Jim vonBeker

    On May 10, 2011 at 12:10 am

    It is utterly disgusting this contemptuous liar going to schools to further his sick agenda of demonizing germans, Why not demonize the IDF as they kill indiscriminately on a daily basis innocent men, women and children, It must be true then, that jews are from the father of liars, Satan.


  5. by Alejandra Corwin

    On February 8, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Enjoyed every bit of your blog post.Much thanks again. Keep writing.


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