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September 30, 1928
July 2, 2016 (aged 87)
Elie Wiesel, byname of Eliezer Wiesel, was born in 1928 in the town of Sighet, now part of Romania. He was a Romanian-born American writer, political activist, Nobel laureate, and Holocaust survivor. Elie known for his memoir Night, in which he recounted his experiences surviving the Holocaust.
In May 1944, Nazi Germany, forced Jews living in Sighet to be deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. At the age of 15, Wiesel and his entire family were sent to Auschwitz. Soon, he was transferred to other Nazi camp Buchenwald. Elie was freed from Buchenwald in 1945. His family died in the Holocaust.
In 1960, Elie Wiesel published his first book "Night" , a memoir of his experiences in the concentration camps in 1944–1945. The book eventually became an acclaimed bestseller and was translated into many languages.
Wiesel died on July 2, 2016 at his home in Manhattan at the age of 87.
"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference."
"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest."
"Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing."
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