The Story of Elie Wiesel
Flipping through the pages of your history book, you see millions of words, hundreds of pictures, and overall the context on the world around you. In almost everyone book you will see many of the same “important” people and figures occur. For example, George Washington was America’s first President, commander in chief of the Continental army, and was known as the Father of His Country. Sacajawea is known as a Shoshone Indian, who acted as a geographic guide, diplomat, and interpreter for the Lewis and Clark expedition, and was issued by the U.S. mint, a circulating dollar coin with her resemblance. The image of Uncle Sam, with his white hair and top hat, became famous during World War I, recruiting posters, and is still a well known figure in today’s society. People like George Washington, Sacajawea, and figures such as Uncle Sam and hundreds of others are known for very different things, but are all taught and reviewed all over America. However, I am not writing to summarize your knowledge on what you were already taught, but to show you what history books forgot to teach you. Why are there a limited amount of people chosen to be in history books, and hundreds of others are left a mystery to the world? Other than the people that people already know about, what about the other hundreds of people that also contributes to America’s history? I am writing to open the minds of people, and to show them how they should begin to acknowledge and perceive people, even if they aren’t in history books; in hope that more people would consider a new edition of different people to be taught in American history. I am starting the first steps to this movement with explaining the story of Elie Wiesel. Elie Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928, in a small town called Sighet; now part of Romania. Elie had two older sisters and a younger sister. His childhood, like a typical European Jewish child at the time, focused around his family, community,...
Wiesel, Elie, and Marion Wiesel. Night. New York, NY: Hill and Wang, a Division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006. Print.
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