Wiesel: Put 'Psychopath' Madoff in Prison

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 26, 2009 5:17 PM CST

(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.

Elie Wiesel.
Elie Wiesel.   (AP Photo)
Bernard L. Madoff.
Bernard L. Madoff.   (AP Photo)
Elie Wiesel speaks at a conference today.
Elie Wiesel speaks at a conference today.   (AP Photo/Startraks Photo, Bill Davila)
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There was a myth he created around him. His expertise was so special, it had to be a secret. He gave the impression maybe 100 people were part of his club. Now we know there are thousands. - Elie Wiesel, on Madoff

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