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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan Cosponsors Bill to Commission Bust Of Elie Wiesel In U.S. Capitol

May 1, 2017
Press Release
Donovan: Wiesel is an international hero, deserves honor and recognition

Washington, DC – May 1, 2017….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) cosponsored legislation to commission a bust of Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel in the U.S. Capitol. The bill is sponsored by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN).

Donovan said, “Few others in history have led lives of such tragedy, significance, and import as Elie Wiesel. He’s a testament to the enduring character of the human spirit. His bust in the U.S. Capitol will honor his life and legacy and help others engage – and, hopefully, continue – his causes.”

Wiesel was born in Romania in 1928. At age 15, he was imprisoned at the Auschwitz concentration camp and later transferred to Buchenwald. His father, mother, and sister died, though Wiesel was freed when American troops liberated the camp. Wiesel spent the rest of his life writing books, advocating for human rights, and teaching.