Four Perfect Photos of Elie Wiesel, 1928-2016

Jill Krementz captured the pain and the joy baked into the unforgettable face of the world's conscience

Elie Wiesel photographed by Jill Krementz at his desk on Febraury 14, 1974

Elie Wiesel photographed by Jill Krementz at his desk on Febraury 14, 1974 Jill Krementz; all rights reserved

Elie Wiesel cannot be properly eulogized. As described in the Observer earlier this year, this author of the definitive Holocaust memoir, 1960’s Night, and 56 other books, and winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, was “the living face of the six million … the greatest chronicler of the greatest crime in human history, thereby lending dignity and eternity to the six million martyrs, among whom were 1.5 million children. In the process, he would become a great Jewish light unto the nations, winning the Nobel Prize for peace.”

As Wiesel passed to the world to come, we find ourselves uncharacteristically silent in the face of a moral giant who himself refused to remain silent.

Here instead of words are four perfect photographs by Jill Krementz, photographs of a face that embodies a chapter in history too big to comprehend.

Herman Wouk and Elie Wiesel photographed by Jill Krementz in New York City  on February 25, 1973.

Herman Wouk and Elie Wiesel photographed by Jill Krementz in New York City on February 25, 1973. Jill Krementz; all rights reserved

Elie Wiesel with Sylvia & Abraham Joshua Heschel in New York City February 24, 1972.

Elie Wiesel with Sylvia & Abraham Joshua Heschel in New York City, February 24, 1972. Jill Krementz; all rights reserved

Elie Wiesel photographed by Jill Krementz on February 14, 1973 in his office on Central Park West.

Elie Wiesel photographed by Jill Krementz on February 14, 1973 in his office on Central Park West. Jill Krementz; all rights reserved

Four Perfect Photos of Elie Wiesel, 1928-2016