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His parents, Shlomo and Sarah, owned a grocery store in the village. He had two older sisters, Hilda and Bea, and a younger sister, Tsiporah. When he was three years old, Wiesel began attending a Jewish school where he learned HebrewBibleand eventually Talmud. His thinking was influenced by his maternal grandfather who was a prominent Hasid.
He also spent time talking with Moshe, a caretaker in his synagogue who told Wiesel about the Messiah and other mysteries of Judaism. Inthe Nazis turned Sighet over to Hungary. Inthe Hungarian government ruled that all Jews who could not prove Hungarian citizenship would be transferred to Nazi-held Poland and murdered.
The only person from Sighet who was sent to Poland and escaped was Moshe, who returned to Sighet to tell his story. He told of deportations and murder, but the people thought he was crazy and life went on as usual. InWiesel celebrated his bar mitzvah. He continued studying the Bible and other Jewish books, and became particularly attracted to KabbalahJewish mysticism.
To further this study, he learned about astrology, parapsychology, hypnotism and magic. He found a kabbalist in Sighet to teach him. In MarchGerman soldiers occupied Sighet.
They forced the Jews to wear yellow stars. The Nazis closed Jewish stores, raided their houses and created two ghettos.
In May, deportations began. In early June, the Wiesels were among the last Jews to be loaded into a cattle car, with eighty people in one car. Wiesel, then 15, followed the instructions of a fellow prisoner and told the waiting SS officer that he was eighteen, a farmer and in good health.
He and his father were sent to be slave laborers. His mother and younger sister were taken to the gas chambers. Wiesel and his father survived first Auschwitz and then the Buna labor camp for eight months, enduring beatings, hunger, and back-breaking work.
Like other inmates, Wiesel was stripped of his identity and became identified only by his number: He went to a camp doctor who operated on him. Two days later, on January 19, the SS forced the inmates of Buna on a death march. For ten days, the prisoners were forced to run and, at the end, were crammed into freight cars and sent to Buchenwald.
Of the 20, prisoners who left Buna, 6, reached Buchenwald. Wiesel was sent to join children in Block 66 of Buchenwald. As the end of the war approached, on April 6,the guards told the prisoners they would no longer be fed, and began evacuating the camp, killing 10, prisoners a day.
On the morning of April 11, an underground movement rose from within the camp and attacked the SS guards. In early evening, the first American military units arrived and liberated the camp.
After liberation, Wiesel became sick with intestinal problems and spent several days in a hospital. While hospitalized, he wrote the outline for a book describing his experiences during the Holocaust. He was not ready to publicize his experiences, however, and promised himself to wait 10 years before writing them down in detail.
When Wiesel was released from the hospital, he did not think any of his family had survived the war. He joined a group of orphan children taken to France. Upon arrival, he tried to immigrate to Palestine but was not allowed.
He remained an Orthodox Jew in practice, but began to have questions about God.quotes from Elie Wiesel: 'The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.', 'There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.', and 'Friendship. Elie Wiesel, age 15, shortly before deportation.
(Courtesy of Elie Wiesel) Elie Wiesel grew up in the close-knit Jewish community of Sighet. While the family spoke Yiddish at home, they read newspapers and conducted their grocery business in German, Hungarian or Romanian as the occasion demanded.
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He was the author of over 40 books, the best known of which is Night, a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust and his imprisonment in several concentration camps.
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