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Eliezer Elie Weisel was born September 30, 1928 in Sighet, Romania in a little village annexed to Hungary.

He lived with his father Shlomo, his mother Sarah, and his female siblings Hilda, Batya, and Tzipora. His life essentially revolved around family, religious study, community, and God. In April 1944, he and his family were sent to Auschwitz. His mother and youngest sister tragically died in Auschwitz. Then Elie and his Father were sent to Buchenwald, where his father passed away due to starvation and abuse. Eliezer managed to survive for April of 1945 Allied Troops liberated him from Buchenwald. In all, Weisel survived Auschwitz, Buna, Buchenwald, and Gleiwitz. After his liberation, Eliezer lived in a French orphanage for a few years and in 1948 he studied in Paris at the Sorbonne. After he broke his vow of silence he began writing of his holocaust experiences. He has over thirty published works. He has earned the Nobel Peace Prize, been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Achievement, and many more. In 1963 He became a naturalized citizen. Eliezer lives in New York with his Viennese wife Marion Wiesel and only son. (Quote from his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech): Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion or political views, that place mustat that momentbecome the center of the universe. We know that every moment is a moment of grace, every hour is an offering; not to share them would mean to betray them. Our lives no longer belong to us alone; they belong to all those who need us desperately.