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Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel (Wiesel Lázár; 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, Buna, and Buchenwald concentration camps. Wiesel is also the Advisory Board chairman of the newspaper Algemeiner ... more »

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  • ''What does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain knowledge. It's close to philosophy, except in philosophy you go horizontally while in mysticism you go vertically.''
    Elie Wiesel (b. 1928), Rumanian-born U.S. writer. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
  • Nobody is stronger, nobody is weaker than someone who came back. There is nothing you can do to such a person because whatever you could do is less than what has already been done to him. We have alre...
    Elie Wiesel (b. 1928), Rumanian-born U.S. writer. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
  • Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visibl...
    Elie Wiesel (b. 1928), Rumanian-born U.S. writer. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
  • There is Israel, for us at least. What no other generation had, we have. We have Israel in spite of all the dangers, the threats and the wars, we have Israel. We can go to Jerusalem. Generations and g...
    Elie Wiesel (b. 1928), Romanian-born U.S. writer. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
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