Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel (1928-) was born in Máramarossziget, now Sighet, Transylvania.

During World War II, he, with his family and other Jews from the area, were deported to the German concentration and extermination camps, where his parents and little sister perished.

He is the recipient of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize „because He was one of the leading intellectual figures in an age when world was inflicted by violence, oppression and racism”. In 1989 a book was published in Tel Aviv on persons regarded as contributing the most to their culture in Hungary and Israel alike. The front page includes a picture of Elie Wiesel, who contributed a foreword to the edition in Hungarian.

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