Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from Elie Wiesel, founder of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and Nobel laureate.

 

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Bio

Professor Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in Sighet, Transylvania, now a part of Romania. He was 15 years old when he and his family were deported to Auschwitz. His mother and younger sister perished; his two older sisters survived. Elie and his father were later transported to Buchenwald, where his father died shortly before the camp was liberated in April 1945.

After the war Wiesel studied in Paris and later became a journalist. During an interview with the distinguished French writer François Mauriac, he was persuaded to write about his experiences in the death camps. The result was his internationally acclaimed memoir Night, which has since been translated into more than 30 languages.

In 1978 President Jimmy Carter appointed Wiesel as chairman of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust. In 1980 he became the founding chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

Teaching has always been central to Wiesel’s work. Since 1976 he has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, where he also holds the title of University Professor.

Wiesel has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the US Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Liberty, as well as the rank of Grand Officer in the French Legion of Honor. In 1986 he won the Nobel Peace Prize. A few months later Marion and Elie Wiesel established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.

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  • Elie Wiesel in Conversation

    Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014, 8 pm

    Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

    Venue: Kaufmann Concert Hall

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