Noam Chomsky referred to him as a 'terrible fraud'.
Prof. Norman Finkelstein, whose parents were in Auschwitz and Majdanek concentration camps called him a 'clown'
To Christopher Hitchens he was a 'windbag' and 'poseur'.
And to Israel Shamir he's the (my favourite) "cry-as-you-pay Holocaust weepie".
So many people with so many bad things to say about Elie Wiesel.
"Elie Wiesel's memoir is written by a man whose inner postures have gone so long unreviewed he cannot persuade us he is on a voyage of self-discovery, the first requirement of a testament. His book, I am sorry to say, gives being witness a bad name."
-- Vivian Gornick (Jewish writer), "The Rhetoric of Witness" The Nation, December 25, 1995
Wiesel himself tells a story about a visit to a Hasidic rabbi, he hadn't seen for 20 years."... a man like Elie Wiesel, who says anything that comes to mind. . . You just have to read parts of 'Night' to know that certain of his descriptions are not exact and that he is essentially a Shoah merchant. . . who has done harm, enormous harm, to historical truth."
-- Pierre Vidal Naquet, (whose father died at Auschwitz)
The Rebbe is upset to learn that Wiesel has become a writer, and wants to know what he writes.
. . . . ."Stories," Wiesel tells him, "... true stories".
About people you knew?
"Yes, about people I might have known."
About things that happened?
"Yes, about things that happened or could have happened."
But they did not?
"No, not all of them did. In fact, some were invented from almost the beginning to almost the end."
The Rebbe leaned forward as if to measure me up and said with more sorrow than anger: That means you are writing lies!
I did not answer immediately. The scolded child within me had nothing to say in his defence. Yet, I had to justify myself: "Things are not that simple, Rebbe. Some events do take place but are not true; others are — although they never occurred."
Fantasies of Witnessing: Postwar Efforts to Experience the Holocaust by Gary Weissman
Miklos Grüner says Wiesel stole the identity of his friend and fellow concentration camp inmate Lázár Wiesel. The first names “Elie” and “Lázár” are similar to the Hebrew name, Eleazar.
Grüner believes that Wiesel has committed deception by pretending to be his friend and former fellow prisoner.
“Lázár helped me survive. Later, Elie Wiesel published Lázár's book under his own name. That was 'Night' for which Elie Wiesel -- or whatever his real name is -- received the Nobel Prize."
Grüner says the number Lázár was tattooed with was A-7713. “...that's part of the title of my book I hope to publish about the Wiesel scam: 'Stolen Identity, A-7713'.”
Photo's and film footage have emerged on the Internet showing Wiesel in short sleeves without a visible tattoo. But Wiesel claims he still carries the number on his arm.
“I don’t need that to remember, I think about my past every day. I still have it on my arm – A-7713. At that time, we were numbers. No names, no identity,” he told American students when asked about the tattoo.
Grüner wanted to sue Wiesel directly, but claimed that was made not possible.
. . . . . . . . . . .“Elie Wiesel, who lives in the United States, is a very hard man to get. The whole world is protecting him, from U.S. President Barack Obama to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. They are all scared the truth will come out, because of prestige and money. I am also pressuring the German Bundestag to show me archives about Wiesel's past.”
Above is the signature of Lázár Wiesel (A-7713, transported from Hungary 16 April 1944. The friend of Miklos Grüner and inmate of Buchenwald), the man whose identity Elie has claimed is his.
Above is the signature of Elie Wiesel (transported from Hungary May 17, 1944). The Elie Wiesel who is accused of fraud and identity-theft by Buchenwald inmate Miklos Grüner.
In 2006 Grüner wrote: "If Elie Wiesel is Lazar, who he claims to be, he would be 92 years old, and not 77..."
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This picture alone — showing Mr. Wiesel in front of the photo he claims was him as a 16 yr old in Buchenwald — is proof that he has been lying or is suffering from a huge self-delusion.
It shows him in Dec 18th, 1986 at the “Yad Vashem” Memorial Centre in Jerusalem posing in front of a group photo taken at Buchenwald in 1945, including a man whom Elie Wiesel claimed in 1983 is himself.
Wiesel has spent almost his entire adult life earning money as what has become known as a ‘holocaust survivor’ and he has become the spokesman for all continental European Jews who survived WW2. I predict that he will become a symbol of all that is false and manipulative concerning this tragic episode in our recent history, which has beome the taboo subject of our times.