How Did Elie Wiesel Survive The Holocaust

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Few authors have described the Holocaust with as much eloquence as Elie Wiesel. He is known as “the poet of the Holocaust.” The Holocaust was the period between 1933 and 1945 when Nazi Germany systematically persecuted and murdered millions of Jews and other innocent people. Elie Wiesel was born in Sighet, Romania, on September 30, 1928. A native of Sighet, Transylvania (Romania, from 1940-1945 Hungary). Wiesel and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz when he was 15 years old. His mother and younger sister perished there. His two older sisters survived. Wiesel and his father were later transported to Buchenwald, where his father died (“Elie Wiesel, “People pg. 1). Wiesel went on to study at La Sorbonne in France from 1948-1951. He also took up journalism, writing for French and Israeli publications. His friend and colleague, François Mauriac encouraged him to write about his experiences in the camps. Later, Wiesel would publish, in Yiddish, his memoir “And the World Would Remain Silent” in 1956. The book was …show more content…

There, a part of the population was subjected to humiliation, hunger and death. The effort of Wiesel to defend human rights and peace throughout the world has earned him the Presidential the Medal of Freedom Award, Medal of Freedom, the Gold Medal of the United States Congress, and the rank of Grand -Croix in the French Legion of Honor, and in 1986, the Nobel Peace Prize. He has received more than 100 honorary degrees from colleges and universities. Elie Wiesel was a Distinguished Professor of Judaic Studies at the City University of New York (1972-1976). He was also the first Visiting Professor "Henry Luce" Humanities, and Social Thought at Yale University (1982-1983). Since 1976, he is professor of Humanities at the Andrew W. Mellon at Boston University, where he is also a university professor (“Elie Wiesel,” Authors pg.

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