The legacy of Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in Sighet, Transylvania, now a part of Romania.  He died in July 2016 at the age of 89.  He was 15 years old when he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz.  His mother and younger sister perished; his two older sisters survived.  Elie and his father were later transported to Buchenwald, where his father died shortly before the camp was liberated in April 1945. Elie Wiesel, age 15, when sent to Auschwitz. (Photo via Chicago Public Library.) That day I encountered the first American soldiers in the Buchenwald concentration camp. I remember them well. Bewildered, disbelieving, they walked around the place,  hell on earth, where our destiny had been played out. They looked at us, just liberated, and did not know what to do or say. Survivors snatched from the dark throes of death, we were empty of all hope — too weak, too emaciated to hug them or even speak...(Read Full Post)
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