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President Obama and Elie Wiesel to Coauthor Book

by: Publisher

Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 09:12:06 AM EST

— by David Streeter

JTA reported recently that President Barack Obama and Elie Wiesel will be coauthoring a book together now that the election is over. According to JTA:

Elie Wiesel and President Obama are writing a book together, the Holocaust survivor and author told an Israeli newspaper.

The book, which the two men will resume writing after Tuesday's presidential election, is 'a book of two friends,' Wiesel, a Nobel laureate, told Haaretz.

Haaretz reported that Wiesel and Obama became friends in 2009 when Wiesel joined Obama on a visit to the site of the Buchenwald concentration camp, where Wiesel was interned at the end of World War II following a death march from Auschwitz.

'We talk about philosophy, contemplation, thought, but never about politics. He is a thinking person, a person with depth and intellectual curiosity,' Wiesel said about the dinners that the two occasionally have together.

Wiesel and Obama first met when Wiesel lectured at California's Occidental College, where Obama was a student.

'Your lecture has stayed with me to this day,' the president told Wiesel years later, Wiesel told Haaretz. 'When I heard that, my pulse went up. I told myself that I have to be careful because I can never know whether anyone in the audience will be a future president.'


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Romney Still Won't Answer Elie Wiesel

by: Publisher

Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 20:33:20 PM EDT

— by Steve Sheffey

Something is not right about a candidate for President of the United States ignoring a request from Elie Wiesel.

It's now been more than eight months since Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel asked Mitt Romney to "speak to his own church and say they should stop" performing posthumous proxy baptisms on Jews, including Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

The Huffington Post reported on February 14, 2012 that Wiesel, who has devoted his life to fighting intolerance, said that the posthumous baptisms were "not only objectionable" but "scandalous." Said Wiesel:

"I wonder if as a candidate for the presidency Mitt Romney is aware of what his church is doing. I hope that if he hears about this that he will speak up."

But as I wrote in April, Romney didn't speak up. In an email accidentally sent to the Huffington Post reporter, Romney spokeswoman Gail Gitcho suggested that the campaign ignore the request. And so they have, for eight months.

Even after the Boston Globe reported on February 29, 2012 that members of the Mormon Church posthumously baptized Daniel Pearl, the reporter killed by Islamic terrorists whose last words were an affirmation of his Judaism, Romney said nothing in response to Wiesel's request.

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Victim Of Islamic Extremists Is Now Victim Of Mormon Missionairies

by: Publisher

Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 18:53:39 PM EST

What do Anne Frank, Daniel Pearl, Elie Wiesel's family and the parents of Simon Wiesenthal have in common?

They were all killed simply because they were Jews, yet they have been subjected to further indignation recently as Mormons have conducted "posthumous baptisms" in their name converting them from the Jewish faith to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This practice violates the agreement which the Church signed in 1995.

They all died for being Jews, but they are not allowed to rest in peace as Jews.

Daniel Pearl is the latest addition to the list. Daniel Pearl's parents made the following statement to the Boston Globe:

To them we say, we appreciate your good intentions but rest assured that Danny's soul was redeemed through the life that he lived and the values that he upheld. He lived as a proud Jew, died as a proud Jew and is currently facing his creator as a Jew, blessed, accepted and redeemed. For the record, let it be clear: Danny did not choose to be baptized, nor did his family consent to this uncalled-for ritual.

Pearl's widow Marianne called on Gov. Mitt Romney to apologize on behalf of his church.
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Wiesel Calls On Romney: Denounce Posthumous Baptisms Of Jews

by: Publisher

Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 09:47:58 AM EST

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Update: According to JTA, Anne Frank was posthumously baptized in a Mormon proxy ritual last weekend.
The ceremony reportedly took place last weekend in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple in the Dominican Republic. It was discovered by Helen Radkey, a former member of the Mormon church, who has become a whistleblower on such activity.... The discovery comes more than a week after it was discovered that the parents of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal were posthumously baptized last month. Wiesenthal was a Holocaust survivor who died in 2005; his mother was killed in the Nazi death camp Belzec in 1942... In 2010, the church agreed after meetings with Jewish leaders to halt the proxy baptisms of Holocaust victims unless the names were submitted by their direct ancestors.... Also last week, the names of the father and grandfather of Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel were found to have been submitted for proxy baptism.
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From the LA Times:
The Mormon Church apologized Tuesday for a "serious breach of protocol" after it was discovered that the parents of the late Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal were posthumously baptized as Mormons. The church also acknowledged that one of its members tried to baptize posthumously three relatives of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

The efforts, at least in Wiesenthal's case, violated the terms of an agreement that the church signed in 1995, in which it agreed to stop baptizing Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Wiesenthal and Wiesel gained fame for careers spent grappling with the legacy of the Holocaust, Wiesenthal by hunting down war criminals, Wiesel by writing books that became part of the canon of 20th century literature.

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Five Appointed to United States Holocaust Memorial Council

by: Publisher

Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 20:50:42 PM EDT


President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint
  • Joseph D. Gutman,
  • Roman Kent (Holocaust survivor),
  • Howard D. Unger,
  • Clemantine Wamariya (Rwandan genocide survivor) and
  • Holocaust writer and Nobel Prize Winner Prof. Elie Wiesel
to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

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