are many people who don’t have the ability to share their experiences or simply
don’t want to. In this case, writers are the voices for the people and speak
for those who cannot. One of these writers is Elie Wiesel. He was a holocaust
survivor, honorary author, noble peace prize winner along with many other
awards and achievements. Wiesel was able
to speak and share experiences for the six million who were not able to and the
three million to afraid to. Writer of many books, “Night” being the most
famous, leads Elie Wiesel to be a writer who is the voice of the people.
As a young boy, Wiesel was
influenced by his Jewish culture and religion. In 1940, at the young age of 12,
Hungary took over Sighet, Romania and many Jewish families were forced to move
in the Ghettos. In May of 1944, Nazi Germany invaded Romania and made the Jews
living in Sighet move to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.
Wiesel and his father were sent to work in the sub-camp of Auschwitz III-
Monowitz labor camp. While here, they were constantly transferred to other Nazi
camps at which to work and on the way to another camp his father was beaten by
a German soldier and died. Three months later (1945) Elie was freed and only
him and two of his three sisters were the only ones in their family to survive.
In 1948-1951 he began to study at Sorbonne in France where he started
journalism. His experiences were significantly traumatizing and for a while
Wiesel refused to write about what had occurred in his life. His friend and
colleague Francois Mauriac convinced him to write about what he had previously
experienced. His most famous book, “Night”, was originally titles “And the
World Would Remain Silent” but when then shorted to “Night.”
This book “Night” is a memoir regarding
his experiences as a prisoner in Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald concentration
camps. His memoir was one of the first books to actually talk about what had
happened 10 years prior. Elie’s writings were the foundation for years to come.
He was one of the first to start publicly talking about the memories from the