FOLCS Remembers Auschwitz Survivor Elie Wiesel

FOLCS is deeply saddened to hear that Elie Wiesel passed away on July 2, 2016, at age 87. Wiesel was an inspirational Auschwitz survivor, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and remarkable novelist. Wiesel was born in Sighet, Romania, where he lived with his parents and three sisters. In March 1944 when Germany occupied Hungary extending the Holocaust into it, Wiesel was only 15 years old. At this time, Wiesel, his family, and the rest of Sighet’s Jewish population were placed in one of the two confinement ghettos set up in Máramarossziget (Signet). In May of 1944, Wiesel and his family, along with many others in the Jewish community, were deported by the Hungarian authorities to the Auschwitz concentration camp. There, his mother and younger sister were killed. Wiesel and his father were later transferred to Buchenwald, where his father passed away several weeks before the camp’s liberation. After surviving the Holocaust