eli wiesel

Eli Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor, human rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, an American professor and the author of 57 books. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed novel Night, an autobiography of his experiences in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944–1945. Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928, in Sighet, present-day Romania, to an Orthodox Jewish family. His family was deported to Auschwitz when he was 15-year-old. His parents and younger sister perished in the Holocaust; he and his two older sisters survived. After the war, studied in Paris and went on to work as a journalist. In 1969, Wiesel married Marion Erster Rose. They had a son a 1972, who they named Shlomo Elisha Wiesel, after Wiesel’s father. In 1978, US President Jimmy Carter asked Wiesel to head the President's Commission on the Holocaust. In 1980, he became Founding Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. For his human rights activism, Weisel has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Liberty Award, the rank of Grand-Croix in the French Legion of Honor. After he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, his wife established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.
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Romanian police nab suspect for Wiesel graffiti

The graffiti incident “caused pain and outrage all over the world."


A shameful attack on Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel's legacy is more important now than ever, a point that Jewish publications ought to consider before publishing weakly argued, hate-filled drivel.

More than 1,500 people marched in memory of Elie Wiesel and Holocaust victims in Sighet, Romania

Hundreds march in memory of Elie Wiesel in his Romanian hometown

"This was the will of Elie Wiesel and we had to see it through," FSU Limmud Founder said about the Holocaust honor march.

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Congressional bill named for Elie Wiesel aims to stop genocides

The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017 introduced Thursday serves to improve US efforts to prevent major casualties overseas.

Hebrew University

Why Elie Wiesel never moved to Israel

Friends seek answers as Limmud FSU opens Wiesel Memorial Exhibition at Hebrew University.

Beata Szydlo

Grapevine: Remembering and reassessing

POLISH PRIME Minister Beata Szydlo, who arrived in Israel on Monday evening, with a group of ministers from her government, had dinner with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Refugee vessel Darfur

From Aleppo to Darfur, Jews must not stay silent

Thanks to the widespread coverage of the conflict in Syria by world and Israeli media, the world has not remained silent in condemning the slaughter in Aleppo.


House passes bipartisan resolutions on Israel

The resolution on Wiesel, passed by voice vote, "honors the life, work, and legacy" of the iconic figure.

US President Barack Obama hugs Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel as Wiesel introduce

US House passes bipartisan resolution honoring Elie Wiesel

“Elie Wiesel’s tremendous impact has reached millions across the globe, and I believe he is truly one of the most influential and important figures of our time,” Congressman Steve Israel said.

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