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Wiesel, Elie (1928-2016)

Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in Transylvania. When he was fifteen years of age he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz. His mother, father and sister all died in the concentration camps.

He was persuaded after the war to write about his experience in the camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. The result was his internationally acclaimed book Night.

He wrote over 50 books of fiction and non-fiction. The winner of many awards for his human rights activities, he won the 1986 Nobel Prize for peace.

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

The Nobel Peace Prize speech, 1986

Elie Wiesel died in 2016.

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On the shelves

The Night trilogy

  • Night Wiesel's memoir is the first in the trilogy, and it provides a survivor's perspective of the Holocaust
  • Dawn This novel is the second book in the trilogy, and grapples with issues of guilt and moral ambiguity.
  • Day The final novel asks 'Is it ever possible for Holocaust survivors to create a new life for themselves?'

Reference resources

  • Night by Elie Wiesel, from Experiencing the holocaust: novels, non-fiction books, short stories, poems, plays, films & music, volume 1, 2003, Thomson Gale, Farmington Hills, MI, pp.212-231.
  • Night (by Elie Wiesel), from Literary themes for students: examining diverse literature to understand and compare universal themes, volume 2, 2006, Thomson Gale, Farmington Hills, MI, pp. 393-404.

Study guides



  • 'The Perils of Indifference' Elie Wiesel, Seventh White House Millennium Evening, Washington, 12 April 1999. [From Speeches that changed the world: the stories and transcripts that made history, Pier 9, 2007.]

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Online study notes



Elie Wiesel died on the 2nd of July 2016 in New York at the age of 87.