Elie Wiesel Essay

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Elie Wiesel’s amazing story of survival is one that can inspire us all. He beat the odds and made it out of the German concentration camps alive. Today he is a well-known author, human rights’ activist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. He used to spend his days wondering if he would wake up to see the next, but now he spends them making sure that no one else will have the same experiences he had.
Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928, in Transylvania. He grew up in the small community of Sighet with his father, Shlomo; mother, Sarah; and three sisters: Beatrice, Hilda, and Tzipora. Sighet was a small town where religion was prominent. His family was Jewish and religion was a very big part of ...view middle of the document...

After they beat him, he told me, ‘It didn’t hurt’ I should’ve thrown myself at his tormentor” (“Oprah Talks” 3). He witnessed many terrible things at the camp. He saw babies tossed into flames and the slow, eventual death of his father. He experienced abuse and starvation. He saw peoples lives slipping away. They could never stand up against their oppressor: “[W]e were already conditioned not to fight back” (“Oprah Talks” 3) Wiesel says of his time at camp. They were dehumanized, helpless against their enemy. There were many days when Wiesel was close to death, but he never succumbed to it. His horrors finally ended on April 11, 1945, the day he was released from camp. He would be able to leave all of those terrible days behind him.
After Wiesel’s liberation he was put in an orphanage in France. In that orphanage he reunited with two of his sisters, who had miraculously survived. One, unfortunately, had not. He began his life over again, but it was never the same. He eventually started a family of his own and began to write. He decided to write about his experiences during the Holocaust and how all people need to remember what...

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