Wiesel lived, and afterwards composed the globally acclaimed memoir Night. He’s also written many novels and be an activist, orator and teacher, speaking out against persecution and injustice around the world.
Wiesel, who grew up with three sisters and pursued religious studies in a closeby yeshiva, was affected by the original spiritual beliefs of his grandfather and mom, along with his dad’s liberal manifestations of Judaism.
In 1944, Nazi Germany compelled Jews who resided in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania to relocate to work and death camps in Poland. In age 15, Wiesel and his whole family were sent to Auschwitz within the Holocaust, which took the lives of over 6 million Jews. Wiesel lived in the camps under deplorable, inhumane circumstances, slowly starving, and was ultimately freed from Buchenwald in 1945. Of his relatives, just he and two of his sisters lived.
Wiesel went to study in the Sorbonne in France from 194851 and took up journalism, writing for French and Israeli publications. His friend and co-worker Franois Mauriac encouraged him to write about his experiences in the camps; Wiesel would release in Yiddish the memoir as well as the Universe Would Stay Silent in 1956. The novel was shortened and printed in France as La Nuit, so when Nighttime for English readers in 1960. The memoir became an acclaimed bestseller, translated into many languages, and is recognized as a seminal work on the horrors of the Holocaust.
Wiesel in addition has become a revered international activist, orator and figure of peace over time, speaking out against injustices perpetrated in various states, including South Africa, Bosnia, Cambodia and Rwanda. Also, Wiesel continues to be honored from the other side of the planet using numerous prizes, such as the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and the French Legion of Honor’s Grand Croix.
Teaching is just another fire of Wiesel’s, having been made in the mid-1970s as Boston University’s Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities. Wiesel has additionally instructed Judaic studies in the City University of New York, and served as a visiting scholar at Yale.
Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, and afterwards founded the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity along with his wife Marion (Erster Rose) Wiesel.