Elie Wiesel is many things: holocaust survivor, author, human rights advocate, professor and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, to name a few. Wiesel was born in 1928 in Sighet, in modern-day Romania, the son of Jewish parents who instilled in Elie from a young age the values of faith and humanity in their son. In 1944, his whole family was deported to Auschwitz. Wiesel's experiences of concentration camps over the following year were hugely formative, inspiring his 1960 book "Night." Wiesel lost his parents and a sister to the concentration camps.
Wiesel has dedicated his life to human rights causes, establishing The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity to counteract "indifference, intolerance and injustice." In 1986, Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, being heralded as a "messenger to mankind" by the committee. He has published 57 books, and is a professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and a Distinguished Presidential Fellow at Chapman University.