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Who Is Elie Wiesel?

Elie Wiesel is one of the few who fortunately survived the Holocaust. He has accounted his Holocaust experience in a novel entitled Night. He was a witness to the death of his parents and family members, and he himself suffered the grim fate of witnessing the executions of other people in Nazi concentration camps. Elie Wiesel is also known as a prolific author and political activist against any forms of discrimination which earned him the title Nobel Laureate in Peace.

In his book Night, Elie Wiesel recounted the unfortunate events when they were brought to Auschwitz from their hometown in Romania where he was born. Being Jewish in origin, he and his family were also brought to concentration camps in Auschwitz where he was separated from his two sisters and mother. His two sisters died in the concentration camps in Auschwitz while Elie was able to stay with his father. He was himself a witness to the death of his father in Buchenwald. When the American forces liberated the people in the concentration camps, Elie stayed in an orphanage. He later became a journalist in an Isreali and French newspapers. It was after ten years that he was able to write about his experiences in the Holocaust. When he got a US citizenship, he started his advocacies on anti-discrimination for Jews and other ethnic groups around the world. Together with his wife, they founded the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. He had been instrumental in the creation of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in US.

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