Anti – Semitism and Persecution of Jews • Throughout the 1930’s Adolf Hitler implements a large scale campaign to scapegoat European Jews. • The Nazis and Gestapo raid Jewish homes and neighborhoods for wealth and prisoners. A synagogue that was firebombed on Kristallnacht. Thousands of homes and storefronts were completely devastated.
About the Author • Eliezer (Elie) Wiesel is one of the world’s most respected authors. • He was born September 30, 1928 in Sighet, Russia. • When growing up Elieloved his faith and studied Hebrew and aspired to be a Rabbi. A young, pre - holocaust photograph of Elie Wiesel
Captured in Sighet • In April, 1944, towards the end of the war, Elie and his family were captured by the Nazis. • They were loaded in to a cramped and filthy cattle car and shipped to Auschwitz. • Once there, Elie and his father are separated from his mother and sister. An example of a cattle car used to transport prisoners throughout Europe during the Holocaust.
Auschwitz, Poland Sighet, Romania
Inside Auschwitz • Once inside Auschwitz the horrors for young Elie continue. • Every day he faces abuse,starvation, filth, hopelessnessand death. • At Auschwitz Elie and his father face the first of many of the “Selection Lines” that decide whether or not they would be killed immediately.
Prisoner Transfer • In his year as a prisoner, Elieand his father transfer between multiple camps. • He is beaten, worked to the bone, and forced in to near starvation. • He witnesses the death of his friends, his family, and, ultimately, his God.
Elie Wiesel at Buchenwald on April 16, 1945; shortly after the liberation of the camp.
Wiesel, Night and the Nobel Prize • After the war and the liberation of the camp Elie Wiesel worked as a journalist in France. • Eventually he wrote the Novel La Nuit(Night) in French, about his experiences in the concentration camps • For continued acts of peace, Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 A recent photograph of ElieWisel; author, poet, and Nobel Proze winner.