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Transcript of Elie Wiesel
Elie was born on September 30, 1928, in the small, close-knit Jewish town of Sighet, Transylvania (now what is called Romania)
He spoke Yiddish most of the time, but also German Hungarian and Romanian. After WWII he learned French.
Elie had three siblings; Two older sisters, Hilda and Beatrice, and a younger sister named Tzipora.
Elie parents, Shlomo and Sarah Wiesel were orthodox jews.
Shlomo, instilled a strong sense of humanism in his son, encouraging him to learn Herbrew and to read literature, whereas his mother encouaged him to study the Torah.
In 1944 Elie and his family, and the rest of the town were placed in one of two ghettos in Sighet.
May 6th 1944, the Hungarian police allowed the German army too deport the Jewish community to Aushwitz-Birkenau
By: Mariah Hartjes & Callan Teatro
For ten years after the war, Elie refused to write about or discuss his experiences during the Holocaust. However, a meeting with the French author François Mauriac, the 1952 Nobel Laureate in Literature who eventually became Wiesel's close friend, persuaded him to write about his experiences. Wiesel said that a discussion he had with Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson was a turning point in his writing of the Holocaust