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Elie (Eliezer) Wiesel (1928-2016) was a Romanian-Jewish journalist, professor, human rights activist, Nobel laureate, and Holocaust survivor. After coming of age during the Holocaust as a prisoner in Auschwitz and Buchenwald, he became a writer and journalist and eventually emigrated to America, where he furthered his work as a human rights activist while also becoming a professor. He has written over 50 books, received almost double that number of honorary degrees, and worked on various international efforts to promote human rights and maintain the memory of the Holocaust. In Night, Wiesel’s first and most famous book, he gives an account of his family’s abduction from their home in Transylvania and their subsequent incarceration in Auschwitz and Buchenwald during the final years of World War II. Wiesel writes about his experience suffering under the reign of true evil.