An Analysis Of Elie Wiesel 's ' The Millennium Lecture ' Essay

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On September 30 of 1928, Elie Wiesel was born in Sighet, Transylvania. He led a quiet life in a small mountain town. At the age of 15, Wiesel, his mother and father, and three sisters were taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp. It was there that, the Germans murdered his mother and youngest sister. After surviving a year of horrible atrocities, Wiesel and his father were separated from his other sisters and were relocated to the Buchenwald concentration camp. Wiesel’s father died as a prisoner of the camp. On April 11, 1945, US troops invaded Germany and freed the prisoners of Buchenwald. Once Wiesel was liberated, he went on to write several novels, articles, and poems about his experiences in the concentration camps. Later on in life, Wiesel went on to win the Nobel Peace prize, and was invited to speak at the Millennium Lectures. The Millennium Lecture is a series of lectures at the White House that display creativity of the American citizens through scientific discoveries, art and ideas. It is a huge honor to be invited to speak there. Wiesel delivered his speech “Perils of Indifference” at the Millennium Lectures hoping to spread awareness about the consequences of indifference.

Before Wiesel’s life was turned upside down, he would study the Torah religiously and night for 11 months out of the year. Due to his extreme devotion to his faith, he would habitually fast causing Wiesel to miss out on many of the joys of childhood. Wiesel’s father, Shlomo…

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