Elie Wiesel

Eliezer Wiesel (in Hungarian : Lázár Wiesel, Sighetu Marmaţiei , 30 of September of 1928 – New York , 2 of July of 2016 ) 1 was a writer language Yiddish and French nationality American survivor of the concentration camps Nazis . He devoted his life to writing and talking about the horrors of the Holocaust , with the firm intention of avoiding a similar barbarism in the world. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 .


Wiesel was born in 1928 and at the age of 16 was detained by the Germans, like the other Jews of his town, when the Nazi Ferenc Szálasi seized power by overthrowing the Hungarian ruler Miklós Horthy . He survived the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald , being liberated by the forces allied on 11 April 1945. 2 His father Shlomo, his mother Sarah and her younger sister Judith “Tzipora” perished; However, her two older sisters Hilda and Bea managed to stay alive. 3 4 studied at the University of the Sorbonne in Paris , and later worked in newspapers in Israel , France and the United States , where he settled in 1956 .

Author of three novels about his experiences during those years of repression and death ( La noche , El alba and El día , published in Spanish under the title Trilogy of the night ), won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 .

On May 16, 1944, the Wiesel family, like many other Jewish families, embarked on a train heading for the death camp of Birkenau . “It is the first stop, then Auschwitz and Buchenwald come. It is a closed night, external darkness to which they are thrown, along with so many Jews killed or survivors, our bowels of humanity, our source of deep compassion.” The night (1956-1958) was the most famous title given to Wiesel.


Elie Wiesel died on July 2, 2016 in Manhattan , New York, at the age of 87. 5 6 7


  1. Back to top↑ «Elie Wiesel dies, face of the memory of the Holocaust» .
  2. Back to top↑ Bayer (2000), p. 60.
  3. Back to top↑ Berenbaum (2005), p.196
  4. Back to top↑ Bayer (2000), p. 9.
  5. Back to top↑ Yuhas, Alan (July 2, 2016). «Elie Wiesel, Nobel winner and Holocaust survivor, dies aged 87» . The Guardian (in English) . Accessed on July 2, 2016 .
  6. Back to top↑ Berger, Joseph (2 July 2016). «Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 87» . The New York Times (English) . Accessed on July 2, 2016 .
  7. Back to top↑ http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.575072