Mr. Elie Wiesel
Born in the Transylvania town of Sighet, Elie Wiesel was 15 years old when he and his family were deported to Auschwitz. This Holocaust survivor, 1986 Nobel Laureate, writer and human rights activist created The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity along with his wife, Marion, in the 1980s. The New York-based organization works to fight injustice and intolerance around the world. In 1998, Professor Wiesel was appointed a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Teaching and writing have always been central to Professor Wiesel’s work and he covered the Eichmann Trial for The Forward, a U.S. publication on contemporary Jewish issues. He has written more than 50 books, holds more than 100 honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning and has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University since 1976.