Elie Wiesel is known for his autobiographical book Night detailing his life as a prisoner in Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald concentration camps. The appalling amount of death of political prisoners in these camps at the hands of the Nazis became known as the Holocaust. Wiesel's writing is considered among the most important in Holocaust literature. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
Born - September 30, 1928
Died - July 2, 2016
The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
Mission: “Combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding and equality.”
Elie Wiesel Biography
Learn about Elie Wiesel’s life and work from the Academy of Achievement.
Elie Wiesel The Perils of Indifference
From the History Place Great Speeches Collection. Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate, Elie Wiesel, gave this impassioned speech in the East Room of the White House on April 12, 1999, as part of the Millennium Lecture series, hosted by President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Elie Wiesel - The Perils of Indifference (Video)
“Perils of Indifference” is a famous speech delivered by Elie Wiesel to the White House on April 12, 1999. You can watch the full speech on YouTube.
Elie Wiesel Bibliography
A complete list of published works of Elie Wiesel from LibraryThing.
Elie Wiesel First Person Singular
Elie Wiesel First Person Singular is an educational, digital exhibition from PBS that takes a comprehensive look at Elie Wiesel with biographical information, essays, historical photos, a teaching guide, and more.
The Nobel Prize in Peace 1986 Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel received The Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. You can read a bit about why he was selected and read his Nobel Lecture on the Nobel Prize website.
Elie Wiesel Interview, December 10, 2004 (Video)
A video and transcript of a 2004 Elie Wiesel interview with Professor Georg Klein. “Elie Wiesel talks about his perspectives on the world after World War II, recollections of his time in concentration camp (5:41), the indifference of the world (12:42), antisemitism (16:42), the importance of education (22:26) and that the tragedy of the Holocaust could have been avoided (24:31).”
Speak Truth to Power: Elie Wiesel (Interview)
Speak Truth to Power is an educational website from PBS that details the work of human rights activists. You can find an Elie Wiesel interview with Kerry Kennedy Cuomo on the site.
Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act
The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act was signed into law in 2019 and established a Mass Atrocities Task Force in order to coordinate a government-wide atrocity prevention strategy.
The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center Elie Wiesel Collection
The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center of Boston University is home to thousands of documents, manuscripts, letters, notebooks, artwork, photographs, videos, and other primary sources and artifacts related to Elie Wiesel’s life and work. While the collection is not currently available online, it can be accessed for research in person.
Elie Wiesel Memorial House: A Museum with a Message
While the Elie Wiesel Memorial House museum itself is in Romania and its website contents are in Romanian, the Rachel’s Ruminations blog has a good overview of the museum and some of its contents.
Elie Wiesel Lessons & Activities
ReadWriteThink has a collection of lessons and activities for learning about Elie Wiesel and his work, including a compare-contrast exercise, an analysis of symbolism in Night, a study of historical injustices, and more.
Elie Wiesel Quotes
A collection of famous Elie Wiesel quotes BrainyQuote.com
Biography of Elie Wiesel
From Gradesaver.com. Includes a study guide for "Night" by Elie Wiesel.