Elie Wiesel

Romanian-born American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel laureate, and Holocaust survivor (1928-2016)

Elie Wiesel (pronounced /ˌɛli vɪˈzɛl/;[1] born Eliezer Wiesel on September 30, 1928 – July 2, 2016)[2] was a Romanian-American Jewish writer, teacher, political activist, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and Holocaust survivor. His most well-known book is Night which is about his life in several concentration camps during the Holocaust. He was a humanitarian.

Elie Wiesel
Wiesel speaking at the World Economic Forum in 2003
Wiesel speaking at the World Economic Forum in 2003
Born(1928-09-30)September 30, 1928
Sighet, Maramureş County, Romania
DiedJuly 2, 2016(2016-07-02) (aged 87)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
OccupationPolitical activist, teacher, writer
Notable awardsNobel Peace Prize,
Presidential Medal of Freedom,
Congressional Gold Medal

Wiesel won the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised his message "of peace, atonement and human dignity".[3]

Wiesel died on July 2, 2016 at his home in Manhattan, aged 87.[4][5]



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  2. "Elie Wiesel - Biography, Books, Nobel Prize, & Facts". Encyclopedia Britannica.
  3. "1986 Nobel Peace Prize Press Release". Archived from the original on 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  4. Yuhas, Alan (July 2, 2016). "Elie Wiesel, Nobel winner and Holocaust survivor, dies aged 87". The Guardian. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  5. Shnidman, Ronen (July 2, 2016). "Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and renowned Holocaust survivor, dies at 87". Haaretz.