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S: Elie Wiesel by, Alex Fuller

FC: Elie Wiesel

1: Elie Wiesel was born in Sighet, Romania, on September 30, 1928. He was the third of four children and the only son of Shalom and Sarah Wiesel. When he was fifteen, Wiesel and his family were taken to the concentration camps (harsh political prisons) at Birkenau and Auschwitz, Poland, where he remained until January 1945 when, along with thousands of other Jewish prisoners, he was moved to Buchenwald in a forced death march. Buchenwald was freed on April 11, 1945 by the U.S. army, but neither Wiesel's parents nor his younger sister survived. His two remaining sisters survived, and they were reunited after the war ended in 1945.

2: Wiesel's early life, spent in a small community in the town of Sighet. In 1940 Sighet was annexed by Hungary, and though the Hungarians were allied | with Nazi Germany, it was not until the Germans invaded in March 1944 that the town was brought into the Holocaust. Wiesel, his parents, and three sisters were deported to Auschwitz, where his mother and sister were killed. He and his father were sent to BunaMonowitz, in January 1945 they were part of death march to Buchenwald, where his father died on January 28.

3: His sufferings experienced by Jews and others during the Holocaust, and his ability to transform this personal concern into a universal condemnation of all violence, hatred, and oppression was largely responsible for his being awards the Nobel Prize for peace. In 1978 U.S.

4: He was sent from Auschwitz to Bona with his father. He had become accustomed to the stench of burning bodies. He injured his foot which caused him to have an operation. After the operation the camp was sent out to march because the Russians were coming to bomb the camps.Elie was told not to stay in the camps because he would get killed, so he went out with his weak father and barley healed foot to march. it was the minter of the winter and none prisoners were dressed well enough. they were headed for Buchenwald, which was a forty-two mile march. They had to run most of the time. Once they reached Buchenwald, they rested for awhile Elie's father passed away at the camp from dysentery. Elie had to continue going on without his father. Elie was one of the very few to survive.

5: After the war Wiesel settled in France, studied at the Sorbonne 1948-1951, Wiesel went to the United States in 1956 and was naturalized in 1963. 1976 he taught at Boston University, where he became Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities.

6: During his time as a journalist in France, Wiesel was urged by the novelist Francois Mauriac to bear witness to what he had experienced in the concentration camps. The outcome was Wiesel's first book, in Yiddish,

7: "Faith was the only force that helped Elie to survive, and without this Faith Elie would have surely succumbed to dying. Some morals of this autobiography are that life is not always fair, and people are not either. People give in to power to save themselves and protect their own lives, One may think that" -Elie Wiesel

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