Wiesel speaking at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2003
|Born||September 30, 1928
Sighet, Maramureş County, Romania
|Occupation||Political activist, teacher, writer|
|Notable award(s)||Nobel Peace Prize,
Presidential Medal of Freedom,
Congressional Gold Medal
Elie Wiesel (pronounced /ˌɛli wɪˈzɛl/; born Eliezer Wiesel on September 30, 1928) is a Romanian-American Jewish writer, teacher, political activist, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and Holocaust survivor. His most well-known book is Night which is about his life in several concentration camps during the Holocaust. He is a humanitarian.
Wiesel won the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised his message "of peace, atonement and human dignity" to humans.