Elie Wiesel left us just a year after the passing of his dear friend and fellow Auschwitz-survivor, Samuel Pisar -- my father. They were two of the youngest and boldest to have escaped the Nazi death camps, making it their life's mission to warn future generations against the dangers that still lie ahead.
And so, Professor Wiesel, thank you for your inspiration and encouragement. I did indeed write more, and more, and more. My book is the greatest gift I was able give to my father and my aunts. It is also the most powerful tribute I could give to my grandfather, who was killed in the gas chamber at Auschwitz.
This past Saturday saw the loss of one of humanity's greatest lights with the passing of Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel. We were both privileged to know him and share a public stage with him on many occasions and feel compelled to highlight that his message is especially relevant in today's turbulent environment.
A film set in Auschwitz, Son of Saul is the one to beat for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. As this import from Hungary makes its rounds through the festivals, achieving accolades and nominations galore, a question arises: is it that juries favor Holocaust films, or is Son of Saul a really good film?