LONDON (Oct. 22)
Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel left London for Moscow Wednesday on a mission to discuss the plight of Soviet Jews with the top Soviet leadership.
According to BBC, the 58-year-old author and academician who is a survivor of the Auschwitz and Buchenwald death camps, said on his departure that he hoped for a meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, though nothing has been arranged yet. He also said he would attend services at the Moscow Synagogue.
Wiesel’s first book devoted to Soviet Jewry, “The Jews of Silence,” was published 20 years ago. He presently resides in the U.S. where he is chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.