In 2012 when author and humanitarian Elie Wiesel received the Chicago Tribune Literary Prize, Tribune critic Howard Reich interviewed him about his life and work. The two struck up a friendship that lasted until Wiesel’s death in July of 2016, brought together by Wiesel’s work, and by the Holocaust. Wiesel was a survivor of the death camps; and Reich has shared with the world the story of his mother, a Holocaust survivor who had hidden from the Nazis as a young girl and later would struggle with the aftermath.
Reich will discuss his relationship with Wiesel and Wiesel’s literary classic, Night—the haunting memoir of his experience in the Nazi concentration camps—on April 23 during the annual Holocaust Service of Remembrance and Lecture at Elmhurst College. The College is honored to host this service and lecture in remembrance of Wiesel, winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize and the inaugural recipient of Elmhurst College's highest honor, the Niebuhr Medal.
The Holocaust Service of Remembrance and Lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center. Admission is free and the public is invited.
The Holocaust Service of Remembrance and Lecture is a highlight of the Holocaust Education Project, which for more than 25 years has considered the events and lessons of the Holocaust, as well as their ties to the modern world.