Saturday, July 2, 2016

Messenger for Peace

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. -Elie Wiesel  1928-2016

Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize-winning author, smiles during a press conference in Budapest, Hungary, in 2009.Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in Transylvania. When he was fifteen years old, he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz and later to Buchenwald. Most of his family did not survive.

A decade after the war, he was persuaded to write about his experiences in the death camps. His memoir, Night, has been translated into more than thirty languages. Elie Wiesel is the author of more than sixty books of fiction and non-fiction. He has received numerous awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, and the National Humanities Medal. In 1986, Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Marion and Elie Wiesel established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. Wiesel died today at age 87.