|Full Name||Eliezer Wiesel|
|Birthday||September 30, 1928|
|Death Date||July 2, 2016|
Elie Wiesel was a Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor who wrote 57 books, including Night, about his experiences in concentration camps. He is considered one of the most important moral voices and human rights activists of the 20th century.
Humble Beginnings in Romania
Born in the village of Sighet, Romania in 1928, Eliezer Wiesel grew up in a devout Jewish family. His father Shlomo was a shopkeeper and Wiesel studied Hebrew and read literature, drawn to writing stories from a young age…
Surviving the Holocaust
In 1944, the Wiesel family was forced into Nazi concentration camps as part of the Holocaust. Elie was just 15 years old. At Auschwitz he was torn from his mother and sister, never to see them again. Later, at Buchenwald, he helplessly watched his ailing father starve to death…
Night: Giving Voice to the Unspeakable
In 1956, a slim volume titled "La Nuit" was published in France, a memoir retelling Wiesel‘s haunting experiences in the concentration camps. In 1960 it was translated to English as "Night" and has become one of the most important and widely read accounts of the Holocaust. With spare prose, Wiesel takes readers inside the daily horrors…
From Professor to Nobel Laureate
After moving to the United States in the 1950s, Wiesel became a U.S. citizen and worked as a journalist while also penning over 40 books. He advocated for civil rights, traveled to conflict zones and lectured on the Holocaust and human rights as a professor. In 1986 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his activism and for giving voice to victims through his writing.
Tireless Fight for Human Dignity
Even into his later years, Wiesel showed relentless determination to continue his life‘s work. He spoke out on Darfur, Rwanda and Bosnia, saying the world failed to learn the lessons of the Holocaust. In 2009 he accompanied President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel on a visit to Buchenwald. Elie Wiesel died in 2016 at age 87, leaving behind an invaluable legacy.