Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel is giving a talk on Sunday, May 6, to local students and members of the community during “An Evening with Elie Wiesel” at 7:00 p.m. at the Cintas Center. The program is presented by The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education and was made possible by a generous grant from The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati.
Wiesel, a professor at Boston University, is a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and has worked on behalf of the oppressed for much of his adult life. Born in Transylvania, Romania, he was 15 when he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz. His father, mother and one sister perished at the camp. In 1956, Wiesel published Night about the experience. The book is available in more than 30 languages, and millions have been sold. Copies of Night and other Wiesel titles are available for purchase in the Cintas Center the night of the event. There will be time after his talk for audience members to ask questions of Wiesel.
A little more than a decade ago, Wiesel visited Cincinnati to rally support for the creation of The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education. The Center educates about the Holocaust, remembers its victims and acts on its lessons. Its programs and partnerships challenge injustice, inhumanity and prejudice, and foster understanding, inclusion and engaged citizenship.
Today Wiesel is among a dwindling number of eyewitnesses to the Holocaust. By giving lectures about his experience, he is helping to teach the lessons of their survival, rescue and liberation that are a part of history and which historical groups such as The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education work to preserve.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or on the Center's website. General admission is $20, and preferred seating is $50. Students with student ID pay $5. For more information or to inquire about group tickets, please contact The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education at 513-487-3055 or vist the center online.