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PASADENA 8:00 p.m.
| March 4,
2003 THOUSAND OAKS 8:00
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A man with a powerful moral presence, Elie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 - as well as the unofficial role of the world's conscience--- for his efforts on behalf of oppressed people worldwide. His personal experience of the Holocaust has led him to use his talents by becoming an author of over 40 books, teacher and storyteller to vigorously defend human rights and peace.
The Los Angeles Times described Elie Wiesel as "the most important Jew in America".
Born in Romania, Elie Wiesel was imprisoned in the Nazi death camps Auschwitz and Buchenwald at age 15. He survived to write about the horrific experience in such books as
Elie Wiesel's constant efforts to promote peace and tolerance have earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Liberty Award, and the rank of Grand Officer in the French Legion of Honor. He was appointed a chair of the President's Commission on the Holocaust by President Jimmy Carter and became founding chair of the United State Holocaust Memorial Council.
A devoted supporter of Israel, Elie Wiesel has defended the cause of Soviet Jews, Nicaragua's Miskito Indians, Argentina's "Disappeared," Cambodian refugees, the Kurds, South African apartheid victims and the famine victims in Africa. Three months after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, Marion and Elie Wiesel established the Elie Wiesel Foundation for
Humanity. Its mission is to advance the cause of human rights and peace throughout the world by creating a new forum for the discussion of urgent ethical issues confronting humanity.
Elie Wiesel has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University since 1976 and a faculty member in both its religion and philosophy departments. He was the first Henry Luce Visiting Scholar in the Humanities and Social Thought at Yale University (1982-83) and a distinguished professor of Judaic studies at the City University of New York (1972-1976).
Elie Wiesel has been an American citizen since 1963 and lives in New York City with his family.
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