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ELIE WIESEL

Facts About Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in Sighet, Transylvania, which is now part of Romania

He was fifteen years old when he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz. His mother and younger sister perished, his two older sisters survived. Elie and his father were later transported to Buchenwald, where his father died shortly before the camp was liberated in April 1945.

Elie Wiesel pursued Jewish religious studies before his family was forced to relocate to Nazi death camps during WWII. Wiesel survived, and later wrote the internationally acclaimed memoir Night. He has also penned many books and become an activist, orator and teacher, speaking out against persecution and injustice across the globe

Awards

1975

Elie Wiesel receives the Jewish Heritage Award, Haifa University, and the Holocaust Memorial Award, New York Society of Clinical Psychologists.




President Jimmy Carter appoints Elie Wiesel as Chairman of the President's Commission on the Holocaust.

History

  • 1944 He was deported to Auschwitz

  • After the camp Wiesel spent a few years in a French orphanage and in 1948 began to study in Paris at the Sorbonne.

  • He became involved in journalistic work with French newspaper L’arche

  • Nobel laureate eventually influenced Wiesel to break his silence and write of his experience in the concentration camps

  • Wiesel since has published thirty books

  • Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, and later founded the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity with his wife Marion (Ester Rose) Wiesel.

  • Married to Marion (Rose) Wiesel