Elie Wiesel: “To life!” A Celebration of 180 Jewish Lectures at 92Y marks Professor Wiesel’s 180th lecture at 92Y, delivered over almost half a century.
We welcome special guests to pay tribute to Professor Wiesel’s unique contributions to 92Y and to the world in what we know will be a memorable evening. Joining him on stage will be former United States Senator Joe Lieberman, award-winning television journalist Jeff Greenfield, Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel and The Jewish Week’s Gary Rosenblatt, with performances by Grammy® Award-winning violinist Pinchas Zukerman and the internationally acclaimed Young People’s Chorus of NYC.
Elie Wiesel’s first appearance at 92Y was on February 19, 1967, when he read and spoke about some of his own works. His longstanding series on Jewish wisdom and teachings have included his insights on Bible stories and Hasidic stories and illuminated the teachings of the great Talmudic masters. He has given the Annual State of World Jewry Lecture, and shared the stage with such luminaries as Eric Kandel, Marvin Kalb and David Axelrod. In 2010, 92Y audiences saw another side of Professor Wiesel, at Elie Wiesel In Concert: Memories & Melodies Of My Childhood, his first and only concert appearance.
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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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