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Eliezer Wiesel was born in 1928 a native of Sighet Transylvania Romania which is near the Ukrainian border He grew up experiencing first-hand the horrors of the Holocaust this started when at fifteen years old Wiesel and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz His mother and younger sister perished there his two older sisters survived Wiesel and his father were later transported to Buchenwald In 1945 at the end of the war Elie moved to Paris where he studied literature philosophy and psychology at the Sorbonne With a strong desire to write Elie worked as a journalist in Paris before coming to the United States in 1956 He became an American citizen almost by accident After being in New York City on an assignment he was hit by a taxi and confined to a wheelchair for a year A friend convinced him to apply for US citizenship and he eventually decided to remain in America Elie has written more than thirty-five books including Night The Accident A Beggar in Jerusalem The Forgotten and From the Kingdom of Memory His wife Marion has translated most of his books into English His books have won numerous awards including the Prix Medicis for A Beggar in Jerusalem the Prix Livre Inter for The Testament and the Grand Prize for Literature from the City of Paris for The Fifth Son Wiesels most recent books published in the United States are A Passover Haggadah Sages and Dreamers The first volume of his memoirs All Rivers Run to the Sea was published in New York by Knopf publishers in December 1995 THIS IS ELIE PICTURED WEARING HIS NOBEL PRIZE MEDAL THAT HE WON IN 1986 He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom the United States Congressional Gold Medal the French Legion of Honor the Medal of Liberty Award and in 1986 the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in improving the living
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