Elie Wiesel

1928 - 2016

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Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel ( EL-ee vee-ZEL or EE-ly VEE-səl; Yiddish: אליעזר "אלי" װיזל, romanized: Eliezer "Eli" Vizl; September 30, 1928 – July 2, 2016) was a Romanian-born American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel laureate, and Holocaust survivor. He authored 57 books, written mostly in French and English, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a Jewish prisoner in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. In his political activities Wiesel became a regular speaker on the subject of the Holocaust and remained a strong defender of human rights during his lifetime. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Elie Wiesel has received more than 5,791,034 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Elie Wiesel is the 519th most popular writer (down from 480th in 2019), the 31st most popular biography from Romania (down from 28th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Romanian Writer.

Elie Wiesel is most famous for his book Night, which is about his experience in the Holocaust.

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Notable Works

Portes de la forêt
Juifs du silence
La Nuit
History / General
"Night" -- A terrifying account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family...the death of his innocence...and the death of his God. Penetrating and powerful, as personal as "The Diary Of Anne Frank," "Night" awakens the shocking memory of evil at its absolute and carries with it the unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again.<p> "To the best of my knowledge no one has left behind him so moving a record." -- Alfred Kazin<p> "Wiesel has taken his own anguish and imaginatively metamorphosed it into art." -- Curt Leviant, "Saturday Review"
La Nuit / L'Aube / Le Jour
Célébration biblique
Originally published: New York: Random House, Ã1976.
Célébration hassidique
Portes de la forêt
Jews, World War, 1939-1945, Fiction
Célébration hassidique
Hassidim, Légendes, Legends
His book is difficult for me to describe, I guess I can only say that along with 'Man's Search for Meaning' by Viktor E. Frankl, 'Souls on Fire' by Elie Wiesel is among the two books that have changed my life.In these powerful and beautiful stories of Jewish Hasidic masters Elie Wiesel teaches us to fight depression by deliberately cultivating joy, that we must enjoy life in spite of life, that death is never the answer, and that that life is sacred, so much so that in spite of anything we have suffered we must say yes to this life.
The Accident
Holocaust survivors in fiction, Holocaust survivors, Fiction
Juifs du silence
Jews, Travel, Persecutions
La Nuit / L'Aube / Le Jour
Holocaust, Holocaust literature, death marches
Contains: [La Nuit](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL14856842W/La_Nuit) L'Aube Le Jour
La Nuit
Holocaust literature, death marches, Talmud
Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man. Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be. - Publisher. Night is Elie Wiesel's account of his childhood experiences in a Hungarian ghetto and the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Also contained in: [Night with Related Readings](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL268513W/Night_with_Related_Readings) [La Nuit / L'Aube / Le Jour](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL14856828W/La_Nuit_L'Aube_Le_Jour)

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Over the past year Elie Wiesel has had the most page views in the with 579,701 views, followed by French (58,687), and Italian (39,933). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Min Nan (33,900.00%), Interlingua (314.89%), and Hungarian (83.34%)


Among writers, Elie Wiesel ranks 519 out of 7,302Before him are Gabriele Amorth, Isaac Babel, Aulus Gellius, Tom Clancy, Alvin Toffler, and Henry IV of Castile. After him are Marie-Antoine Carême, Tennessee Williams, Premchand, Jostein Gaarder, Harold Pinter, and Jean Paul.

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Among people born in 1928, Elie Wiesel ranks 30Before him are Jean-Marie Le Pen, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Shirley Temple, James Coburn, Kim Yong-nam, and Alvin Toffler. After him are Martin Cooper, Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Martin Landau, Alberto Korda, Domenico Modugno, and Peyo. Among people deceased in 2016, Elie Wiesel ranks 29Before him are Abbas Kiarostami, Jerome Bruner, Nancy Reagan, Bernardo Provenzano, Gabriele Amorth, and Alvin Toffler. After him are Carrie Fisher, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Pierre Boulez, Andrzej Żuławski, Walter Scheel, and Gene Wilder.

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In Romania

Among people born in Romania, Elie Wiesel ranks 31 out of 844Before him are Vlad II Dracul (1395), György Ligeti (1923), Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej (1901), Klaus Iohannis (1959), Nadia Comăneci (1961), and Gheorghe Hagi (1965). After him are Michael the Brave (1558), Jacob L. Moreno (1889), Álmos (820), George Enescu (1881), Sergiu Celibidache (1912), and Gheorghe Zamfir (1941).

Among WRITERS In Romania

Among writers born in Romania, Elie Wiesel ranks 5Before him are Eugène Ionesco (1909), Tristan Tzara (1896), Paul Celan (1920), and Herta Müller (1953). After him are Jacob L. Moreno (1889), Dimitrie Cantemir (1673), Mihai Eminescu (1850), Panait Istrati (1884), Dositej Obradović (1742), Károly Kerényi (1897), and Ion Luca Caragiale (1852).