10th Grade Research Paper 1/6/11
Elie Wiesel lived in a very hard time which was the Holocaust. From the Holocaust Elie Wiesel's novels were greatly affected because, this is when and where most of his novels or at least more popular books have taken place. Elie Wiesel's life has greatly impacted his literary work.
Elie Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928, in Sighet, Transylvania and he grew up with his parents and three sisters there. When he was younger he helped feed escaped Jews that were hungry and spent a few months in jail for it. While growing up his father instilled a sense of humanism in Elie Wiesel by encouraging him to learn Hebrew and read literature. Then the mother also encouraged him to study the torah. What interviewed once Wiesel said that his father had represented reason and his mother promoted faith. Then in 1944 Wiesel and his family were place in a ghetto in Sighet that was captured by the Germans in 1940. "After World War II, Wiesel taught Hebrew and worked as a choirmaster before becoming a professional journalist." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elie_Wiesel) and though he was asked many of times Wiesel didn't want to write or talk about his Holocaust experiences. Even if he wanted to talk about it he was like many other Holocaust survivors he couldn't put his experience into words to express how he felt and what happened. Until one day when he met with François Mauriac, the 1952 Nobel Laureate in Literature, who eventually became Wiesel's close friend, persuaded him to write about his experiences. From there Wiesel never looked back and started to write his first book which was a 900 page memoir telling people about his specific experiences in the Holocaust. "Wiesel rewrote a shortened version of the manuscript in French, and it was published as the 127-page La Nuit, and later translated into English as Night."... [continues]
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