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The birthplace of a legend

Unearthing precious memories at Elie Wiesel’s childhood home in Romania.

A MAN sits in the garden of the childhood home of Elie Wiesel
Photo by: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM
“Before me, always, is the photograph of the house in which I was born. The door that leads to the yard. The kitchen. I want to go inside, but I am afraid. I want to look at the house, if only from afar. With all that has happened to me, it is essential for me to remember that place.” – Elie Wiesel

SIGHET, Romania – Two days before Passover in 1944, on the night before he and his family were rounded up and forced into ghettos and later deported to Auschwitz, 15-year-old Elie Wiesel dug a hole in the garden of his home and buried a gold watch his beloved grandfather had given him.



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