Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel wiped out by Madoff

Holocaust survivor, author and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel calls Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff "evil" and a "swindler." With good reason: Wiesel reports that his personal wealth and the assets of his foundation -- as much as $37 million combined -- are obliterated. "All of a sudden, everything we have done in forty years--literally, my books, my lectures, my university salary, everything—was gone," he said yesterday. The author of The Night Trilogy added:
"Madoff is one of the greatest scoundrels, thieves, liars, criminals. How did it happen? I have seen in my lifetime the problem is when the imagination of the criminal precedes that of the innocent. And Madoff had imagination...We have no idea that a person is capable of that, but then I should have learned, of course, that a human being is capable of anything."

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