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Harvey Weinstein to Elie Wiesel: Without You There Would be no ‘Schindler’s List’ (VIDEO)

May 9, 2013 3:47 am 4 comments

Harvey Weinstein at the Algemeiner 'JEWISH 100' Gala. Photo: Sarah Rogers.

Famed film producer Harvey Weinstein presented Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel with the Algemeiner newspaper’s ‘Warrior for Truth’ award at its recent star studded 40th anniversary ‘JEWISH 100′ Gala.

“My mother, the Miriam of Miramax […] was so thrilled when she heard that I was presenting to Professor Wiesel,” Weinstein said as he called on the professor to accept the award.

“I am happy to be here on the Algemeiner’s 40th anniversary and to celebrate their top 100,” Weinstein added. Commenting on the venue of the event he joked, “I never knew a place like Guastavino’s could have potato latkes that good.”

“I think there would be no ‘Schindler’s List,’ no ‘Life is Beautiful,’ no ‘Reader,’ so many of the movies that us in the industry have been involved in about the Holocaust, came from that first seminal book which was ‘Night,’ which continues to inspire me,” said Weinstein.

“I know that Elie Wiesel is beloved by leaders , I met George Bush, George Bush 43, and he told me of his great affection for Professor Wiesel, so did Bill Clinton, so did Barak Obama,” gushed Weinstein.

“To be honored in that way is very special,” said Wiesel upon receipt of the award, “why is it so special? Because I used to be a journalist,” he continued.

“You made me love films, it is only thanks to you, really I was not part of films, my life was books,” the Nobel Laureate told Weinstein. “Because at one point you came in my life and now I like films too, especially those that you make,” Wiesel added.

“It was very special for us to host these two great friends of The Algemeiner for our 40 year milestone,” said Editor Dovid Efune, “It was a moving and most appropriate presentation.”

Founded in 1972 as a Yiddish broadsheet by veteran journalist Gershon Jacobson, The Algemeiner today under the direction of publisher Simon Jacobson and editor Dovid Efune publishes a weekly newspaper in English and runs  this ever popular website. The Algemeiner was recently referred to by CNBC as ‘the fastest growing Jewish newspaper in the United States.”

Watch the video of Weinstein and Wiesel’s exchange below:


  • Robert Weintraub

    If Harvey Weinstein does some positive things relating tom his Jewish heritage that is a positive thing. He should be encouraged to do more.

    Too many Hollywood people, Jewish and non-Jewish have taken to criticism of Israel. For example, in the film “Munich” the battle is depicted as between two sides of equal merit rather than between Arab killers and Jewish victims. Perhaps Mr. Weinstein having come forward more as a public Jew will now counter the slanders against Israel so common on the left.

  • Come on, it’s Harvey F-ing Weinstein, the biggest fat cat movie producer there’s been since we invented the business in my zayde’s, zayde’s time. He’s a busy dude, and he took off an evening form Brad Pitt and George Clooney and all the starlets to spend with Elie Weisel, the sanest Jewish voice since the Shoah, and all to support a newspaper that started in Yiddish and is now conquering anti-Semitism online around the globe, to give the Jews a voice. Give the guy a break, he helped out a good cause. Did you tithe 10% to The Algemeiner this year? You should. I bet Weinstein did, a big 10%-er I hope! I was at The J100 Gala, I helped out a lot, too. Give these guys a hand, donate $180 to keep Algemeiner alive!

  • Weinstein is a leftist Hollywood producer, and as he stated, the Holocaust is grist for the Hollywood mill. Nothing more than another “franchise” he can exploit. In the future let’s hope the Algemeiner gets over its immature self-congratulations and stops to think before it bestows its awards.

  • Is this the same Weinstein who funded and distributed the horribly biased, anti-Israel movie “Miral”? Is this the same Weinstein who, knowing how to get and manipulate media coverage, shows to have the film’s world premier at the U.N.? Is this the same Weinstein who then accused critics of the film of trying to silence freedom of speech? Why yes, it is the same Weinstein. And now he’s trying to worm his way into the hearts of the Jewish community which he has previously done so much to destroy.

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