Elie Wiesel And "Night" Despite Book Report
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The prize is not awarded every year, since 1901 there have been 19 years in which it was determined that no candidate fit the criteria. However, in 1986 Wiesel received the prize because of his continual work towards reminding humanity that violence, repression and racism have no place in the modern world. Since 1958, and the publication of Night, Wiesel continued to write, lecture, and advocate a continual "message of peace, atonement and human dignity…. His message is based on his own personal experience of total humiliation…. His commitment, which originated in the sufferings of the Jewish people, has been widened to embrace all repressed peoples and races" (Norwrgian Nobel Committee, 1986).
Since 1958, Wiesel has authored over 50 books and publications, numerous reviews, thousands of speeches -- all with a major focus on the idea of peace, humanity, and coexistence. Although not part of the Nobel Committee's decision, shortly after receiving the youth in areas of conflict, and runs the Beit Tzipora Centers in Israel that allow Ethiopian Jewish children the chance to catch up intellectually and participate in Israeli society (Elie Wiesel Foundation, 2010). Alfred Nobel wanted the prize to go to an individual that lived the belief in peace and kindness -- certainly that remains true for Elie Wiesel.
Elie Wiesel Foundation. (2010, January). Background Information. Retrieved September 2010, from Eliewieselfoundation.org: http://www.eliewieselfoundation.org/aboutus.aspx
Nobel, A. (2010). Excerpt from the Will of Alfred Nobel. Retrieved September 2010, from Novelprize.org: http://nobelprize.org/alfred_nobel/will/short_testamente.html
Norwrgian Nobel Committee. (1986, October 14). The Nobel Peace Prize for 1986. Retrieved September 2010, from Nobelprize.Org: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1986/press.html
Wiesel, E. (1982). Night. New York: Bantam.
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