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Acceptance Speech for the Nobel Peace Prize – Elie Wiesel

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this both frightens and pleases me
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cannot represent those who perished, is a survivor and can be that voice
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kingdom of night
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kingdom: tone of a child’s fairytale night: from dreaming to a nightmare
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young Jewish boy
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elie wiesel
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andrei sakharov
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nuclear physicist and human rights activist who was banished from the soviet union for criticizing the government
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josef biegun
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Jewish man who was imprisoned and murdered during the Holocaust
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lech walęsa
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labor activist who helped form and led poland’s first independent trade union, Solidarity, despite opposition from the polish government
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nelson mandela
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leader of the struggle to end Apartheid in south africa; he had been sentenced to life in prison at the time of this speech
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persecution
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a program or campaign to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate people based on their membership in a religious, ethnic, social, or racial group