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Elie Wiesel (1928–2016)

Author of Night

149+ Works 43,860 Members 764 Reviews 69 Favorited

About the Author

Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel was born in Sighet, Romania on September 30, 1928. In 1944, he and his family were deported along with other Jews to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. His mother and his younger sister died there. He loaded stones onto railway cars in a labor camp called Buna before being sent to show more Buchenwald, where his father died. He was liberated by the United States Third Army on April 11, 1945. After the war ended, he learned that his two older sisters had also survived. He was placed on a train of 400 orphans that was headed to France, where he was assigned to a home in Normandy under the care of a Jewish organization. He was educated at the Sorbonne and supported himself as a tutor, a Hebrew teacher and a translator. He started writing for the French newspaper L'Arche. In 1948, L'Arche sent him to Israel to report on that newly founded state. He also became the Paris correspondent for the daily Yediot Ahronot. In this capacity, he interviewed the novelist Francois Mauriac, who urged him to write about his war experiences. The result was La Nuit (Night). After the publication of Night, Wiesel became a writer, literary critic, and journalist. His other books include Dawn, The Accident, The Gates of the Forest, The Jews of Silence: A Personal Report on Soviet Jewry, and Twilight. He received a numerous awards and honors for his literary work including the William and Janice Epstein Fiction Award in 1965, the Jewish Heritage Award in 1966, the Prix Medicis in 1969, and the Prix Livre-International in 1980. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for his work in combating human cruelty and in advocating justice. He had a leading role in the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D. C. He died on July 2, 2016 at the age of 87. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Elie Wiesel

Night (1956) 27,858 copies
The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, and Day (1958) — Author — 1,962 copies
Dawn (1961) 1,771 copies
Day (1961) 980 copies
Messengers of God: Biblical Portraits and Legends (1976) — Author — 597 copies
A Beggar in Jerusalem (1968) 503 copies
Twilight (1987) 447 copies
The Fifth Son (1983) 400 copies
The Oath (1973) — Author — 387 copies
The Trial of God (1979) — Author — 371 copies
The Town Beyond the Wall (1962) 352 copies
The Testament (1980) — Author — 346 copies
And the Sea Is Never Full: Memoirs, 1969- (1998) — Author — 339 copies
The Forgotten (1989) — Author — 317 copies
Legends of Our Time (1968) — Author — 301 copies
A Mad Desire to Dance (2006) 284 copies
One Generation After (1970) 278 copies
A jew today (1978) — Author — 267 copies
The Judges (1999) 245 copies
The Sonderberg Case (2009) 226 copies
Open Heart (2011) 184 copies
Somewhere a Master (1981) — Author — 170 copies
The Time of the Uprooted (2005) 164 copies
Five Biblical Portraits (1981) 146 copies
The Golem (1983) — Author — 136 copies
Hostage (2010) — Author — 130 copies
Rashi (2009) — Author — 128 copies
King Solomon and His Magic Ring (1999) — Author — 119 copies
Zalmen, or the Madness of God (1968) — Author — 110 copies
Memoir in Two Voices (1995) — Author — 66 copies
Dimensions of the Holocaust (1977) 51 copies
Images from the Bible (1980) 48 copies
Evil and Exile (1990) 42 copies
Se taire est impossible (1995) — Autor — 38 copies
A Journey of Faith (1990) — Author — 32 copies
The Tale of a Niggun (2020) — Author — 29 copies
Souls on Fire / Somewhere a Master (1984) — Author — 29 copies
Sei riflessioni sul Talmud (1991) — Author — 22 copies
Bijbels eerbetoon : portretten en legenden (1986) — Author — 17 copies
Paroles d'étranger (1982) 8 copies
Credere o non credere (1985) 7 copies
Discours d'oslo (1987) 6 copies
t ou va tu (French Edition) (2001) — Author — 5 copies
Dialogues (1977) 5 copies
Against despair (1973) 4 copies
A Meditation on Hope (2008) 3 copies
Être juif (1994) — Foreword — 3 copies
The Power of Forgiveness — Author — 3 copies
Entre deux soleils (1970) 2 copies
Marc Klionsky (2004) 2 copies
Ethics and memory (2015) 2 copies
O Tempo dos Desenraizados (2004) 2 copies
Sarastus (1992) 2 copies
The accident 1 copy
Zalmen 1 copy
La notte 1 copy
දහවල (2019) 1 copy
Nakts 1 copy
Nous, les enfants (1990) 1 copy
Tiggaren i Jerusalem (1986) 1 copy
Wiesel Eli 1 copy
Den Frieden feiern. (1998) 1 copy
Barbara 1 copy
The accident 1 copy

Associated Works

Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition (1947) — Introduction, some editions — 5,792 copies
Great Religions of the World (1971) 624 copies
The Wandering Jews (1927) — Preface, some editions — 355 copies
A Vanished World (1983) — Foreword — 336 copies
The King of Children (1988) — Introduction, some editions — 144 copies
Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith (2010) — Contributor — 143 copies
The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (1998) — Contributor — 132 copies
Read With Me (1965) — Contributor — 129 copies
The Righteous Among the Nations: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust (2007) — Foreword, some editions — 91 copies
Out of the Depths (2011) — Foreword — 88 copies
Tibet, My Story (1996) — Preface, some editions — 83 copies
Bearing Witness: Stories of the Holocaust (1995) — Contributor — 81 copies
With Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest: Memories of the War Years in Hungary (1979) — Foreword, some editions — 73 copies
Tikvah: Children's Book Creators Reflect on Human Rights (2001) — Introduction — 62 copies
The Jewish Writer (1998) — Contributor — 53 copies
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Contributor — 18 copies
Memory, Memorialization, and Denial (1999) — Introduction — 5 copies
Wo Engel sich verstecken (1991) — Associated Name — 2 copies
Critical Essays on Jerzy Kosinski (1998) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Wiesel, Eliezer
Other names
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WIESEL, Élie
WIESEL, Elie
WIESEL, Eliezer
Birthdate
1928-09-30
Date of death
2016-07-02
Burial location
Sharon Gardens Cemetery, Valhalla, New York, USA
Gender
male
Nationality
Romania (birth)
Country (for map)
Romania
Birthplace
Sighet, Maramureş County, Romania
Sighet, Romania
Place of death
Manhattan, New York, USA
Places of residence
Hungary
Auschwitz, Poland
Buchenwald, Germany
Paris, France
Israel
New York, New York, USA (show all 7)
Sighet, Romania (birth)
Education
University of Paris
Occupations
journalist
writer
professor
novelist
author
memoirist (show all 8)
Holocaust survivor
translator
Relationships
Wiesel, Marion (wife)
Bloch, Sam E. (colleague)
Organizations
American Academy of Arts and Letters( [1996])
Boston University
United States Holocaust Memorial Council
Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
Awards and honors
Nobel Peace Prize (1986)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1992)
Congressional Gold Medal (1984)
Medal of Liberty (1986)
Dayton Literary Peace Prize's Lifetime Achievement Award (2007)
Norman Mailer Prize (2011) (show all 8)
National Humanities Medal (2009)
Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement (2012)
Short biography
Elie Wiesel was born to a Jewish family in the small town of Sighet in northern Transylvania, then part of Hungary, now Romania. He was still a teenager when he was taken from his home and deported to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz and then to Buchenwald. His memoirs of that experience are unforgettably recorded in NIGHT, which became a worldwide bestseller. Elie Wiesel was Andrew Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and founding chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

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Reviews

Good, but The Diary of Anne Frank is more compelling and better written.
 
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prairiemage | 575 other reviews | May 29, 2024 |
At the age of 15, Elie was forced into a cattle car with his father, mother and younger sister. His mother and sister were immediately sent to the chimney. He and his father struggled to survive in the concentration camp, enduring death, and destruction of the soul. This was a heartbreaking book. I was particularly touched by the forward and the author’s words when receiving his Nobel Peace Prize. I also found it important that he fought to get this manuscript published in a time where no one spoke of the holocaust. His words remind us to never forget.… (more)
 
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JanaRose1 | 575 other reviews | May 8, 2024 |
don't know how to rate this because it is so horrifying...I read it twice for school and both times it was utterly devastating and terrifying. It is an incredibly important book that everyone should read. But no one, I repeat, NO ONE, should ever have to read this alone.
 
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superducky800 | 575 other reviews | Apr 13, 2024 |
I'm sure the book is brilliant, but there is a lot I don't understand, especially the ending.

A quote I liked, which is followed by mention of Elisha ben Avuya and the the story of the four who entered the garden:

" ... Of the roads that lead to truth there is never more than one. For each man there is only one. In that sense the atheist and the mystic are alike: they both proceed directly to the goal without turning aside. At the goal, of course, they meet. But if their paths cross on the way, they run the risk of canceling each other out. Do you understand, my boy? You can't be inside and outside at the same time. Man is too weak, his imagination too poor, to enter the garden and yet remain beyond the wall. ..."… (more)
 
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raizel | 1 other review | Apr 4, 2024 |

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Works
149
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Members
43,860
Popularity
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Rating
4.2
Reviews
764
ISBNs
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Favorited
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