Wiesel wins Koret Prize

Elie Wiesel received the Koret Prize in San Francisco. The Nobel laureate, author and Holocaust survivor said he will give the $250,000 award to the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.It was Wiesel’s first trip to San Francisco since he was physically assaulted by a Holocaust denier in a hotel there three months ago during a peace conference. Speaking Wednesday to the press, flanked by two members of the San Francisco Police Department and four security guards, Wiesel said, “I’ve never felt as safe in my life.”The San Francisco-based Koret Foundation awards the prize periodically for extraordinary contributions to Jewish life and culture. Wiesel is the first person to be recognized since 2004.

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