Wiesel: Put 'Psychopath' Madoff in Prison
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2009 5:17 PM CST
Elie Wiesel.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Author and Nazi hunter Elie Wiesel, who lost $15.2 million in foundation money and a good chunk of his own fortune to Bernie Madoff, railed today against the “psychopath” financier, the New York Post reports. “He should be put in a solitary cell with a screen, and on the screen, for at least five years of his life, pictures of his victims,” said Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor. “Look what you have done to this old lady."

Speaking at a panel discussion on Madoff, Wiesel provided insight into how he was duped in the first place. “We thought we did so well,” he said. “Everyone told us you can make so much more profit because of Mr. Madoff, the savior.” Wiesel entrusted the financier with the entirety of his charity’s endowment after being shown fake statements, and now cannot build a center in Jerusalem.

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Feb 27, 2009 5:21 AM CST
YOU invested with Madoff because you saw his returns and figured he had to have inside knowledge. YOU didn't find anything wrong with that until you realized he had inside knowledge of YOUR heart. The word demon comes from daimon, it means to distribute fortunes. You don't find your savior in your wealth, although BEING human WE will always try to.
Feb 27, 2009 3:34 AM CST
When the leaders don't hold anyone, including themselves, accountable, neither do any of their followers. When the leaders are out to raid public properties for themselves and their buddies, so too do their followers do the same. Of course, it wasn't like the followers were complaining ... until recently.
Feb 27, 2009 3:07 AM CST
What nonsense you spout.