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Elie Wiesel Acceptance Speech Analysis

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In 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Elie Wiesel, makes two strong statements in his acceptance speech. Wiesel was 15 years old when he entered the camp in Auschuitz. His mom and little sister got killed as soon as they got to the gates. His father went into the gates with him the first time. He moved in January 1945 to Buchenwald in a cattle car. After he got out of the camps he later went to become an amazing writer and inspiring speaker. He wrote in his book about all the things that he experienced and wished he could have changed things. “Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Wiesel is saying that if your silent then the oppressor thinks it’s ok to keep being mean. When you stand up for the victim it shows that someone actually cares about what really going on. If your friend is getting bullied go stand up for them and show the bully you’re not afraid.…show more content…
And that is why I swore never to be silent when ever and where ever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.” The Allied Forces knew what was going on in all the camps, and they didn’t do anything to try to help. If they would have stood up and said something then maybe millions of people wouldn’t have died. He don’t want anyone to ever suffer the way he did and the way people did around him. Standing up for something could change many lives and help others. Elie Wiesel’s speech is still in memory because today some of these things are happening. Everyone today is saying all muslims are terrorist and they need to leave the country. Wiesel was saying that race, religion, and that stuff doesn’t really matter it’s the way people treat you. Terrorism is getting bad and people need to stand up and try to stop the killing that’s starting to happen. Being neutral isn’t the way to be in any situation. So stand up and let your voice be heard because it might change
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