What does the quote by Elie Wiesel mean in reference to this book? We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead, we must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own sources of anquish, and with some measure of human triumph.
Elie Wiesel survived the Holocaust, wrote the books Night and Dawn which detailed what he went through, and has served as the conscience of many in this world who know about the horror of the Holocaust. In this quote, he is saying that individuals must be seen as a person, not a number or an experiment. Each person in this world has worth with their own sadness and their own successes. Henrietta was used as an experiment without being told, from which many profited millions of dollars. Never was Henrietta seen as a person who had her own rights, who was entitled to know that she was being used for the benefit of others, and as Elie saw it, treated much like the Jews of the Holocaust as a number and a non-person. Her life and her legacy should have been celebrated WITH her, not without her even knowing about her legacy.