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Elie Wiesel


Nonfiction | Autobiography / Memoir | Adult | Published in 1956

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  • Genre: Nonfiction; memoir
  • Originally Published: 1956
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 590L; grades 9-12; college/adult
  • Structure/Length: 9 chapters; approx. 120 pages; approx. 4 hours, 17 minutes on audio
  • Central Concern: This autobiographical account serves as both a record of a young man’s survival in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps and a deeply moving reflection on the inhumanity of the Holocaust.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: The Holocaust; graphic and brutal descriptions of murder, violence, imprisonment, and physical injury; death of parents and family members

Elie Wiesel, Author

  • Bio: 1928-2016; born in what is now Romania; deported and imprisoned as a teenager to German concentration camps; studied in Paris after the war; became a journalist; served as a speaker and activist for human rights and Holocaust remembrance, awareness, and education with the publication of Night and 40 additional books; was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1986), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1992), and the Congressional Gold Medal (1985); awarded Grand Officer of the Order of the Star of Romania, Legion of Honour; awarded with honorary knighthood by the British government (2006)
  • Other Works: Dawn (1961); Day (1961); A Beggar in Jerusalem (1968); Souls on Fire (1972); Messengers of God (1976); The Forgotten (1992)

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