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Elie Wiesel bust unveiled at Washington National Cathedral

hands adjusting a sculpture of Elie Weisel in a cathedral doorway

Elie Wiesel bust unveiled at Washington National Cathedral

A bust of Elie Wiesel, the holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, has joined several notable figures on the Washington National Cathedral’s Human Rights Porch.

“From the depths of cruelty inflicted on him, his family, and so many millions of Jews and others during the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel went on to dedicate his life to the pursuit of human rights, and to heed the lessons of history, said the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, in a release.

According to the Associated Press:

Washington National Cathedral, the massive Episcopal house of worship that prides itself on being an unfinished work-in-progress whose stones and stained glass tell the story of the 20th and 21st centuries, is unveiling its newest addition: a carving of iconic author, human rights campaigner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

The carving completes a quartet of heads of prominent figures sprouting from the four corners of an alcove known as the Human Rights Porch, joining Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks and Jonathan Myrick Daniels, a young Episcopal theologian and civil rights crusader who was shot to death in Alabama in 1965, giving his life to protect a 17-year-old Black woman.

The story also features photos of the bust being completed by artist Chas Fagan. Several additional photos below, courtesy of the Washington National Cathedral.

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JoS. S. Laughon

Seems a tad offensive to Wiesel’s memory to enshrine a Jewish person to a Christian house of worship imho

Steven Wilson

We have any number of memorials to Jesus of Nazareth, not to mention David, Daniel, Judith, Zechariah, John the Baptizer, etc, in our building, although of course it’s no National Cathedral. I should think it would only be offensive to Mr Wiesel’s memory if his family and community objected to this portrayal.

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