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I have chosen Elie Wiesel for this assignment because I find him to be an extraordinary man with a past that shows an extraordinary source of strength both in survival and character Born in Sighet Transylvania on September 30 1928 he came from an extremely religious Jewish family consisting of his parents and two sisters As a child he was well-educated in both Judaism and secular subjects He grew up speaking Yiddish Hungarian Romanian German and Hebrew Elie Wiesel had a loving family and lived his daily life doing what young boys typically do in this close-knit Jewish community When World War II began the town of Sighet was relatively safer than other Jewish areas affected by the Nazis Then one day in 1944 he and his entire family as well as all the Jewish families in their neighborhood were rounded-up and forced to leave their home and the only life that they knew He and his father were separated from his mother and younger sister and sent to Auschwitz where his mother and sister were murdered at once and his father would die within a years time He was subjected to forced labor forced marches exposure starvation disease injury beatings torture and humiliation He was only fifteen years old In Wiesels book Night he wrote about his experiences at Auschwitz Buna Gleiwitz and Buchenwald so that the entire world would know about the horrors of these concentration camps His story provides an inspiration that reveals the will of the human spirit and the capacity of the human soul to carry on How someone would be able to witness and survive this experience and then later be able to speak about it still amazes me The torture began at the very moment of deportation He his family and the rest of the community were forced into cattle cars on a train There were so many people in these cattle cars making it almost impossible to
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