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Elie Wiesel was a great man as well as a humanitarian His works told of the many harsh realities of Jewish life Due to the way he was brought up in a strict family where he was taught the importance of family ties all those lessons helped him live through the concentration camps All the lessons and experiences throughout his life contributed to his amazing writings Elie Wiesel was born in the town of Sighet in northern Transylvania on September 30 1928 His real name was Eliezer Wiesel His family spoke Yiddish at home they read newspapers and conducted their grocery business in German Elie had begun religious studies in classical Hebrew almost as soon as he could speak Elies life centered entirely on his religious studies He loved the mystical tradition and folk tales of the Hassidic sect of Judaism to which he and his family belonged His father encouraged Elie to study the modern Hebrew language and to concentrate on his secular studies The first years of World War II left Sighet untouched Although the village changed hands from different countries the Wiesel family believed they were safe from the persecutions suffered by the Jews in Germany and Poland The secure world of Wiesels childhood ended abruptly with the arrival of the Nazis in Sighet in 1944 The Jewish people in the village were deported to concentration camps in Poland The 15-year-old boy was separated from his mother and sisters immediately when they arrived at Auschwitz He never saw them again no matter how hard he tried He managed to remain with his father for the next year as they were worked almost to death starved beaten and shuttled from camp to camp on foot or in open cattle cars in falling snow without food proper shoes or clothing In the last months of the war Wiesels father succumbed to dysentery starvation exhaustion and exposure After the war the teenaged Wiesel found asylum
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