How Does Elie Wiesel Address By Andrei Sakharov

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On December 18, 1986, Elie Wiesel accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. He referred back to many people and brought up some memories of his life during the Holocaust. The first person he mentions in his speech is Andrei Sakharov. Andrei Sakharov was a Russian Nuclear physicist and won the Nobel Peace Prize himself, in 1975. Andrei Sakharov was awarded this prize because of his contribution towards human rights. However, the Soviet authorities had stopped him to travel to Norway and collect his award. Elie Wiesel references him during his speech because Sakharov had the same intentions Elie did. Elie stated during his speech, “To me, Andrei Sakharov's isolation is as much of a disgrace as Josef Biegun's imprisonment”. After Andrei Sakharov …show more content…

Wiesel addresses, “As long as one dissident is in prison, our freedom will not be true. As long as one child is hungry, our lives will be filled with anguish and shame”. Ellie Wiesel is conveying that there is always something that can be fixed or there is always someone who can be helped. Moreover Wiesel explains, “What all these victims need above all is to know that they are not alone; that we are not forgetting them, that when their voices are stifled we shall lend them ours, that while their freedom depends on ours, the quality of our freedom depends on theirs”. Elie Wiesel’s central message is that by speaking out for the powerless, an individual can make a great impact and that there are people in the society that depend on the voice of others. Weisel also states, “There is so much injustice and suffering crying out for our attention: victims of hunger, of racism, and political persecution, writers and poets, prisoners in so many lands governed by the Left and by the Right”. Weisel makes a point that if societies do not start to speak out against unethical actions, the people suffering will never be able to come out of the darkness and will always be confused on what action to take next. For this reason, Elie Wiesel makes a statement and a call to action that without the help of the people surrounding them, the individuals who are mistreated will never be free of their

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