Cathedral Adds Stone Carving of Elie Wiesel to Human Rights Porch
During one of the darkest chapters of human history, Elie Wiesel shined the light of the human spirit that illuminated the world. After escaping the horrors of the Holocaust that claimed 6 million Jewish souls, he dedicated his life to constant vigilance on behalf of human dignity.
The addition of Elie Wiesel to the Cathedral is a permanent reminder that each of us are called to vigilance and steadfastness on behalf of others. In keeping watch over the Cathedral, his likeness will serve as a testimony to his indomitable spirit in the face of ugly hatred. His memory is a blessing, and we pray that this carving will inspire generations to come.
The carving was sculpted by Chas Fagan and carved by Sean Callahan, the same team responsible for the other figures in the Human Rights Porch.
Save the Date: Oct. 12, 2021
Elie Wiesel Dedication | 2 p.m. ET
The stone carving of Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel will be dedicated in a service inspired by his Jewish faith and co-led by Jewish clergy and others inspired by his legacy. The service will include music along with recollections of Elie Wiesel by those who knew him. Alongside such human rights heroes as Mother Teresa and Rosa Parks, Elie Wiesel stands as a permanent reminder that each of us is called to vigilance, steadfastness and action on behalf of others. This event will be livestreamed.
Public Program | 7 p.m. ET
In honor of Elie Wiesel, the Cathedral and the US Holocaust and Memorial Museum will host an evening program to celebrate his legacy as a survivor, teacher, and international voice of conscience. Together we will recall the warnings of the Holocaust; summon the vigilance necessary to counter antisemitism and hate, and prevent genocide; and inspire people of all generations to recommit with passion and clarity to the world Elie Wiesel believed was possible. Registration info coming soon!
Elie Wiesel Carving Process
Elie Wiesel Resources from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Overview of Elie Wiesel’s life and experiences
- Video reflections and more on the legacy of Elie Wiesel
- For Educators: a lesson plan on teaching his work
- The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s statement on the death of Elie Wiesel (1928–2016)
- Report of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust (1979) – which begins with a letter from Elie Wiesel, outlining the vision for the museum
- Elie Wiesel and the Agony of Bearing Witness (Edna Friedberg/USHMM)
Other Icons in the Human Rights Porch
- Mother Teresa
- Rosa Parks
- Jonathan Myrick Daniels
- Eleanor Roosevelt
- Archbishop Oscar Romero
- Bishop John Walker