Elie Wiesel's life changed dramatically when he was 15 years old. Nazi troops arrived in his small Hungarian town and soon deported the town's Jews to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Several of his family members were killed immediately. Wiesel spent 11 months at Auschwitz, where he experienced horrific torture, abuse, and violence. After gaining his freedom, Wiesel kept silent for 10 years before testifying about the suffering he had endured and witnessed. Through fiction and nonfiction writing, including his most famous novel. Night, Wiesel has spoken out against injustice, serving as a powerful voice for all victims of racism, hatred, and repression throughout the world. In 1978, President Carter appointed him as chairman of the President's Commission on the Holocaust. For that and his other efforts, Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
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December 29, 2006
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