Elie Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928 in the Kingdom of Romania and emigrated after WWII to the United States. Wiesel is famous as a writer and human rights activist. He is a survivor of the Holocaust and his books often deal with this subject. In 1985 Wiesel was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor that the U.S. Congress can bestow. In 1986, he won the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize for his tireless campaigning for human rights. In addition to being a witness to the Shoah and a public supporter of the state of Israel, Wiesel's human rights activism included the Soviet and Ethiopian Jews, Nicaragua's Miskito Indians, Argentina's Desaparecidos, Cambodian refugees, the victims of war in former Yugoslavia and the cause of the Kurds. Wiesel opposed apartheid in South Africa, denounced genocide in Bosnia and called for an international intervention in Darfur, Sudan. Wiesel is the 'Andrew Mellon Professor of the Humanities' at Boston University. Now almost 80 years old, Elie

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