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May 13, 2014 3:26 pm

Romania’s First Holocaust Center to Open in Elie Wiesel’s Childhood Home

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Elie Wiesel. Photo: David Shankbone.

JNS.orgRomania’s first Holocaust education center is set to open in the childhood home of Nobel Laureate and human rights activist Elie Wiesel.

The “Holocaust Cellar” will become a new feature of the Holocaust museum in the pre-war childhood home of Wiesel, in the courtyard of the old Jewish Ghetto of Sighet, and will serve as a learning center dedicated to the 13,000 local Holocaust victims.

“I am honored and deeply moved that my cherished home in Sighet has become a place Romanians and others can learn about the crimes of the Holocaust, and how the Jewish community was wiped out,” said Wiesel. “The opening of the Holocaust Cellar supports my life’s efforts to ensure that humanity never forgets the evil that took place there and throughout Europe.”

The opening of the center will be held on May 17, marking the 70th anniversary of the expulsion of the last Jews from northern Transylvania to Auschwitz. Overall, 131,639 Jews from Maramures County in Romania were deported to Auschwitz.

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