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Elie Weisel and Susan B. Anthony both gave interesting speeches on human rights from different points of views and different time periods. Weisel focuses on the results of indifference while Anthony’s emphasized on the effect of the indifference. Though their fights for justice were similar, the people they fought for were not. 

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“The Perils of Indifference” speech was executed in front of the Clintons and members of Congress who  criticized the leader’s responses to the death camps. “They believe that Auschwitz and Treblinka were closely guarded secrets; that the leaders of the free world did not know what was going on behind those black gates and barbed wire; that they had no knowledge of the war against the Jews that Hitler’s armies and their accomplices waged as a part of the war against the Allies.” (Wiesel, 1999) Once he found out that the President of the United States at that time, the Pentagon and the State Department had knowledge about this, he was overwhelmed with a feeling of pain and anguish. He couldn’t comprehend how a president who he describes as “a good man with a good heart” could show indifference towards the Jewish people but be a great leader to Americans; Wiesel said Roosevelt’s “image in Jewish history is flawed.”

Like Weisel, Anthony spoke of indifference; she also gave her speech in front of Congress and also friends. In her speech “On Women’s Right to Vote”, she said to them that as a human and a citizen of the United States, she has the right to vote. She addresses her right to humanity as a citizen by reading the Constitution and pointing out this particular passage: “It was we, who formed the Union.” (Anthon, 1872) As she addresses her listeners, she informs them of equality for all people, not just men but all citizens have the right to vote. 

In his speech “The Perils of Indifference” Wiesel addresses the countless number of innocent victims that were put to death at the hands of an evil sadistic dictator and how those people clung to the hope that someday soon, help would come. However, it would never come. What Elie discovered from this was America stood by and did nothing to intervene. Susan B. Anthony on the other hand spoke about equality “On Women’s Right to Vote” she speaks of years on remaining silent and not being granted the right to decide the fate of a nation, a nation that women also helped in forming. Women who were discriminated against were forced to sit by and watch as the men voted on laws that formed America. While the oppression shown to women was a despicable act, it did not cause death, which is where both speeches differ in theme. 

For Anthony and her fight for equality of women voters in the United States, she wants her audience to come to the realization that the situation at hand could become bigger. In her speech she said “but this oligarchy of sex, which makes fathers, brothers, husband, sons, and the oligarchs over the mothers and sisters, the wife and the daughters of every household-which ordains all men sovereigns, all women subjects, carries dissension discord and rebellion into every home of the nation.” It’s clear that Anthony and other women were not going to be silenced and meekly accept not being able to vote simply because they were women. Had her listeners been more informed of the unconditional love of a woman, passion for her family and what they deserve maybe her audience would have been more inclined to understand her point of view. 

Wiesel who was anointed by then President Jimmy Carter as the Chair of Commissions on the holocaust, has “become a revered international activist, orator and figure of peace over the years, speaking out against injustices perpetrated in an array of countries.” for all people. Anthony was honored for her hard work and dedication when the U.S. Department of Treasury put her portrait on the one-dollar coin, referred to as the “SBA Dollars”. Anthony died before being able to see that her battle was not in vain when in 1920, women were finally granted the right to vote. Both speeches were meaningful in ways that they spoke up for different groups in need of human rights and equality.