Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel talks about facing his mortality on OWN

Photo Credit: © 2012 Harpo Productions, Inc./George Burns Author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel with Oprah Winfrey during a taping … Continued

Photo Credit: © 2012 Harpo Productions, Inc./George Burns

Author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel with Oprah Winfrey during a taping of a “Super Soul Sunday” episode.

Nobel Peace Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author Elie Wiesel will appear on the “Super Soul Sunday” series on OWN.

The interview, which falls on the first day of Hanukkah, features the 82-year-old Holocaust survivor talking about his open heart surgery, being a witness to history as well as the impact of being among the victims of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. Wiesel received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

The interview precedes a 2006 “The Oprah Winfrey Show” episode during which Wiesel and Oprah Winfrey travel to Poland where they visit the grounds of the Auschwitz death camp.

In the “Super Soul Sunday” interview, Wiesel says fellow Holocaust survivors are becoming an “endangered species,” but he doesn’t believe the memory the Holocaust will be lost, according to an excerpt.

“I’ll tell you why. Because, you know, all of us who went through that experience considered ourselves as witnesses,” he told the media mogul. “When the last witness will be gone, I don’t want to be that one. It’s too tragic. What will happen? So on one hand, you could become pessimistic that the last witness — all the knowledge, all the experience, all the memories will be buried. Then what? So I came up with a theory which I think is valid. To listen to a witness is to become one.”

“To listen to a witness,” Winfrey said.

“Is to become a witness,” Wiesel said.

The weekly show features interviews with authors, spiritual leaders and top thinkers; last week, neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander appeared to discuss his near-death experience and how it affected his life.

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  • keviquin

    So, seeing the advent of his own ultimate ‘passover’ approaching, how does Elie square what happened to him with what the other survivors and their children have tdone to the people of Palestine?

  • Gloria2

    Elie Weisel book, Night, about his time in the camps as a child and losing his family was extraordinary. Seeing the horror through the eyes of him as a child truly made me a ‘whiteness’ to those horrors. Please read “Night” if you get the opportunity.

  • Barry239

    I don’t think the Holocaust could be forgotten. There are so many documentaries, books and various other media on the topic. It’s a horror, that mankind should always remember as something to never repeat.

  • DontGetIt

    Takes 2 to sign a peace treaty. How about some leadership from the Gaza Strip? It seems Hamas as the arm of the Iranian fanatics rule the street. Peace is a two way street and there’s no lane for terrorism…

  • Susan Gluck Feuerstein

    When I see Elie Wisel I see so clearly my uncle Ludwig Wiesel his first cousin who looks exactlly Elie.
    He told us that we tell our children and grandchildren about my mother and how she lost her whole family then eventually they children and they grandchildren would know this hornbill in justice that our people went true.

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