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Holocaust survivor honored

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. — Every human being is worthy of our passion, tenderness and love regardless of nationality, religion or color, Elie Wiesel said as he brought his lecture on “The Power of Language for Reconciliation” to a close.
Wiesel spoke recently to a crowd of more than 800 people at the Rochester church. The event, hosted by Rochester College, marked the launch of the college’s 50th Anniversary.
A survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps, Wiesel has used his position as author, teacher and storyteller to defend human rights and peace throughout the world.
He has authored more than 50 books including the book “Night,” which recounts his personal experience in the Holocaust.
During the dinner, Wiesel confided that he was surprised to travel to Michigan and be served a kosher meal in a Christian setting.
Rochester College President Rubel Shelly presented Wiesel with a plaque recognizing him as an honorary visiting professor of humanities.
Shelly also introduced the Rochester College Institute for Cross Cultural Exchange,  an endeavor to foster multi-cultural relationships.

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