It was a great honour for me to be a United Nations Messenger of Peace along with Elie Wiesel. Having survived the horrors of the Nazi death camps that killed his father, and almost killed him, it would be understandable if thoughts of hatred and a desire for revenge had coloured the rest of his life. Instead he spoke, along with Nelson Mandela, of the need for forgiveness. I heard him speak twice to the young people of different nationalities gathered on International Day of Peace at the UN headquarters in New York. And on both occasions they listened with wrapt attention to every word, and gathered around him afterwards with many questions and comments.
His message is sorely needed in so many parts of our troubled world today and he will be missed. It is up to the rest of us to take his words to heart and to spread his message of peace.
Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE