Local Paper—Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel holds hope for future

Posted by Kendall Harmon

'I love beginnings,' Elie Wiesel told a panel of eight students on stage and about 700 in the audience during a Sunday appearance at the College of Charleston's Sottile Theatre.

That's because he thought Auschwitz signified the end of history, he said. And because much of human endeavor tends to end badly, with injustice, terror and death. Though the meaning of life can be elusive, it is the obligation of human beings to act in ways that make a better world.

'When one person suffers, you have to do something,' he said later, at an evening lecture that filled the Sottile for a second time. 'The opposite of hate is not love, but indifference. Indifference is the opposite of everything that's created, everything that's noble in human experience. The opposite of indifference is commitment, education.'

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