Washington National 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.
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