Elie Wiesel Contribution

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The 20th century was a time of brutal wars and eradication of joy. On April 12, 1999, Elie Wiesel stepped up to the podium, reflecting the violent times as they were months before entering a new century. Wiesel knew very well that the uncountable tragedies had to change, and each individual must exercise his or her own contributions in the face of justice and humanity. His devastating experiences and tragic realizations produced a voice that carried around the world, revealing the fundamental structure of humanity. Elie Wiesel was a Jewish American born in Romania. His principles were influenced by being raised in a heavily religious and liberal family. In the 1940s, his own country forced his family to flee to the ghettos, and not long after, Wiesel, “a young Jewish boy from a small town,” was captured by Nazis, waking up to the perilous realization of “eternal infamy”(Wiesel). In April 1945, after enduring through starvation and punishment, he was finally liberated. As he recovered, Wiesel studied in France as a journalist for Israeli and French publications. His colleague inspired him to publish his experience during the Holocaust which became known as the world-famous Night. Wiesel continued to write several books in New York. Along with his publications, he advocated equality, taught Judaism, and established a foundation to combat indifference (Biography.com). He was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and appointed as the chair of President’s Commision on the
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