Elie Wiesel Biography

Elie Wiesel Biography

Elie Wiesel is a known Jewish Romanian writer, professor and an author. Wiesel’s most books deal with the controversial topics such as Judaism, Holocaust and the moral responsibility of the people to fight hatred, racism and genocide. Wiesel is also known as a Holocaust survivor, he lost his parents at a very early age and he moved to France. In France, Wiesel pursued his studies in literature, philosophy and psychology. Later Wiesel became a noted journalist and he finally settled in America. Wiesel also emerged as a political activist and humanitarian and voiced against the global crisis of Humanity.

Born: September 30, 1928 (age 85), Sighetu Marmației, Romania
Parents: Shlomo Wiesel, Sarah Feig
Awards: Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, More
Siblings: Hilda Wiesel, Beatrice Wiesel, Tzipora Wiesel
Children: Shlomo Elisha Wiesel

Birth Details & Personal Biography

Elie Wiesel was born in the year 1928 on September 30th in a small town known as Sighet. Wiesel’s father Sholmo Wiesel was an Orthodox Jew and he had a grocery store whereas Wiesel’s mother Sarah was simple housewife and the daughter of a farmer. Wiesel grew up in a small village of Romania and his life was evolved around his family. During the World War II in 1944, Wiesel and his family members were forced into the German Concentration and extermination camps in Poland. At this time Elie and his father was separated from the rest of their family and after working under some appalling conditions and shuffling between concentration camps Wiesel finally lost his father in the year 29th January, 1945. Dysentery and starvation led the death of his father.

On April 1945 with the liberation of Concentration Camps Wiesel was sent to an orphanage in France. In 1948, he began to pursue his higher studies and gradually became a journalist for a French newspaper.

Career

The career line of Elie Wiesel was as follows:

  1. During 1948 to 1952 Elie worked as a journalist in a French Newspaper L’arche.
  2. In 1952, Wiesel released his book which was filled by his experience in the death camps.
  3. In 1958, Elie worked as a New York feature writer.
  4. While his stay in US Elie wrote about 40 books and won many literary prizes for the same.
  5. In 1965, Wiesel travelled to USSR; he reported his entire travel in a book called The Jews of Silence.
  6. In 1972, he became a professor of Humanity at city University of New York.
  7. In 1976, Elie joined the University of Boston.
  8. In 1978, Wiesel was appointed as the Chairperson of the US Holocaust Memorial Council.

Awards & Achievements

The awards of achievements of Elie Wiesel are as follows:

  • Elie won the Congressional Gold Medal in 1985
  • In 1986 ,Wiesel received the Noble Peace prize
  • In 2006, Elie was honoured with the title of Knighthood in London

Quotes

"I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I've been closer to him for that reason."
- Elie Wiesel

"I write to understand as much as to be understood."
- Elie Wiesel

"In Jewish history there are no coincidences."
- Elie Wiesel

"Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil."
- Elie Wiesel

"Man, as long as he lives, is immortal. One minute before his death he shall be immortal. But one minute later, God wins."
- Elie Wiesel

"Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other."
- Elie Wiesel

"Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories."
- Elie Wiesel

"No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them."
- Elie Wiesel

"Once you bring life into the world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the world."
- Elie Wiesel

"Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life."
- Elie Wiesel

"Peace is our gift to each other."
- Elie Wiesel

"Some stories are true that never happened."
- Elie Wiesel

"That is my major preoccupation, memory, the kingdom of memory. I want to protect and enrich that kingdom, glorify that kingdom and serve it."
- Elie Wiesel

"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference."
- Elie Wiesel

"There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win."
- Elie Wiesel

"Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings."
- Elie Wiesel

"Not to transmit an experience is to betray it."
- Elie Wiesel

"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest."
- Elie Wiesel

"We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else."
- Elie Wiesel

"What does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain knowledge. It's close to philosophy, except in philosophy you go horizontally while in mysticism you go vertically."
- Elie Wiesel

"A destruction, an annihilation that only man can provoke, only man can prevent."
- Elie Wiesel

"Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair."
- Elie Wiesel

"Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.
- Elie Wiesel

"Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing."
- Elie Wiesel

"Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another."
- Elie Wiesel

"I decided to devote my life to telling the story because I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead. and anyone who does not remember betrays them again."
- Elie Wiesel

"I do not recall a Jewish home without a book on the table."
- Elie Wiesel

"Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds."
- Elie Wiesel


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