Mr. Elie Wiesel
The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity 555 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Dear Mr. Wiesel,
My name is Matthew Winick who has a strong interest in studying history and learning about world culture. The reason my strong interest are in these areas is to learn to repeat the same mistakes in the past, innovate new ideas to make world a better place, support Civil Rights for minorities, gender, and people with disabilities, and different sex orientation from discrimination and hate crime, strong need for health care for people including people who can’t afford insurance, the need for human rights with immigration reform to protect refugees with immigrants and people from oppressive government, and find ways to have countries work together to solve problems. Mr. Wiesel in my history classes I have taken in middle school through college I have learned about the Holocaust and prison camps. What really shocked me was that the Nazi put people with disabilities, seniors, Jews, and people who didn’t have the same religion as what they wanted and doing inhumane things. When learning about these things It scared me because I worry about the future if we as a society repeats the same mistake because I have a disability with autism with a learning disability. Having a disability has been hard in my life because I get teased about it and people making harsh jokes about it. However I have been doing well with my disability because I have been getting help from tutors, teachers, and some friends to help me learn new subjects and to do well in life. Also in the U.S. there is a law American With Disabilities Act 1990 and Civil Rights At which helps protect me from being discriminated.
Mr. Wiesel I am sorry for what you had to go through in the Holocaust and losing your friends and family. I am proud of you for not giving up hope when struggling to survive. When I visit the Holocaust Museum, Civil Rights museum, or memorials I was have strong sympathy for people who suffer through oppressive government and people who risk their lives to protect people from harm including discrimination because they are different. I want to congratulate on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Your strong emphasis on the need for human rights, protect people from discrimination, and peace are very inspiring to me with that I agree with you. My main goal with my interest in history and world culture is to become a teacher or work in a museum to make history a better place for learning, to help people be inspired to work on new ideas, learn from mistakes, to use problemsolution approach to help generate ideas to avoid making mistakes. strong need for human rights to end oppressive government, the need for peace and negotiations to reduce conflicts, to recognize famous people along with minorities, gender, and people who are different who work hard to help people and fight for our rights. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Best wishes and prayers for you, the survivors of the holocaust, and people who struggle to survive through oppressive government or war to survive and do well.
Matthew B. Winick