Elie Wiesel condemns Hamas' 'child sacrifice'

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NEW YORK, Aug. 7 (UPI) --Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, accused Hamas of child sacrifice for firing rockets at Israel from populated areas of Gaza.
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WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- The story of the Holocaust must be passed on to future generations, not only how 6 million Jews died but also how they lived, U.S. President Obama said Monday.

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Holocaust museum dedicated in Chicago

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SKOKIE, Ill., April 19 (UPI) -- Former President Clinton used the dedication of a new Holocaust museum in Illinois Sunday to say "mischief makers" cannot be allowed to control Mideast policy.

Man found guilty in Wiesel assault case

SAN FRANCISCO, July 22 (UPI) -- A jury in San Francisco convicted a New Jersey man in the assault on Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel last year in a San Francisco hotel.
Elie Wiesel: Denial reason for attack

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 8 (UPI) -- Elie Wiesel testified in court Tuesday that the man who allegedly attacked him in a San Francisco hotel wanted him to say that he lied about the Holocaust.

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ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan says he is concerned about a U.S. Jewish organization labeling the World War I killing of Anatolian Armenians as genocide.

Alleged attacker 'sorry,' Wiesel skeptical

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A young man accused of manhandling Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in San Francisco apologized in court, but the Nobel Peace Prize winner was not buying it.

Wiesel asks Winfrey to visit Israel

NEW YORK, May 22 (UPI) -- U.S. talk show queen Oprah Winfrey said she would accept writer Elie Wiesel's proposal to visit Israel soon as a show of solidarity. Wiesel asked Winfrey to come to Israel on Monday when she was being honored in New York by the Elie Wiesel Foundation for
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Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel reads from his new book "The Time of the Uprooted" at Barnes & Noble in New York on August 24, 2005. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel KBE (English pronunciation: /ˈɛli vɨˈzɛl/; born September 30, 1928) is a Romanian-born Jewish-American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor. He is the author of 57 books, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps.

When Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, the Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a "messenger to mankind", stating that through his struggle to come to terms with "his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler's death camps", as well as his "practical work in the cause of peace", Wiesel had delivered a powerful message "of peace, atonement and human dignity" to humanity.

Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928, in Sighet, Transylvania, (now Sighetu Marmaţiei), Maramureş, Kingdom of Romania, in the Carpathian Mountains. His mother, Sarah Feig, was the daughter of Dodye Feig, a celebrated Vizhnitz Hasid and farmer from a nearby village. He was active and trusted within the community, and in the early years of his life had spent a few months in jail for having helped Polish Jews who escaped and were hungry. It was his father, Shlomo, who instilled a strong sense of humanism in his son, encouraging him to learn Hebrew and to read literature, whereas his mother encouraged him to study the Torah. Wiesel has said his father represented reason, and his mother Sarah promoted faith (Fine 1982:4). In his home, his family spoke Yiddish most of the time, but also German, Hungarian and Romanian. Wiesel had three sisters – older sisters Hilda and Beatrice, and younger sister Tzipora. Beatrice and Hilda survived the war and were reunited with Wiesel at a French orphanage. They eventually emigrated to North America, with Beatrice moving to Montréal, Canada. Tzipora, Shlomo and Sarah did not survive the war.

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