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 Dedication Events
Online Service of Dedication for the Elie Wiesel Carving
Tuesday, Oct. 12 • 3:30 pm ET
The public is invited to join our Jewish brothers and sisters in dedicating the carving of Elie Wiesel. Framed by Jewish prayers and music, we will bless this carving as a permanent reminder to guard against oppression and indifference for all of God’s children.
Due to space limitations, this dedication is not open to the public but will be streamed live. Check back on October 12 for the webcast link.
Public Forum (in-person and online)
Honoring Elie Wiesel
Tuesday, Oct. 12 • 7 pm ET
Together with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and members of the Wiesel family, join us to celebrate Elie Wiesel’s legacy as a Holocaust survivor, teacher and international voice of conscience. At this time of rising antisemitism, racism, and targeted group violence, a reminder of his commitment to human rights is both timely and necessary. Learn more about the special guests.
This event is open to the public and available in-person or online.
Public Workshop (in-person)
Antisemitism, Christianity and the Holocaust: Reckoning with the Past and Working in the Present
Thursday, Oct. 14 • 2 pm ET
Explore the long entangled history of antisemitism and Christianity, its implications during the Holocaust, and some of the ways that contemporary theologians, faith leaders and educators address these legacies today. Free and open to the public. Learn more about the speakers.
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