The funeral for Elie Wiesel was a gathering of his family and close friends, held on Sunday in a synagogue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. But outside on East 62nd Street stood people, some in tears, who had never met the man who survived the Holocaust to become a clarion voice for those victims who did not.
“He was someone who protected us; he interceded against our worst instincts,” Sarah Bardin, 44, a preschool teacher who had come to pay her respects, said as she cried. She knew Mr. Wiesel, who died on Saturday at 87, only through his prolific writing, works, including the memoir “Night,” that gave ...
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