Presentation on theme: " Throughout the 1930’s Adolf Hitler implements a large scale campaign to scapegoat European Jews. The Nazis and Gestapo raid Jewish homes and neighborhoods."— Presentation transcript:
Throughout the 1930’s Adolf Hitler implements a large scale campaign to scapegoat European Jews. The Nazis and Gestapo raid Jewish homes and neighborhoods for wealth and prisoners. A synagogue that was firebombed on Kristallnacht. Thousands of homes and storefronts were completely devastated.
Eliezer (Elie) Wiesel is one of the world’s most respected authors. He was born September 30, 1928 in Sighet, Russia. When growing up Elie loved his faith and studied Hebrew and aspired to be a Rabbi. A young, pre - holocaust photograph of Elie Wiesel
An example of a cattle car used to transport prisoners throughout Europe during the Holocaust. In April, 1944, towards the end of the war, Elie and his family were captured by the Nazis. They were loaded in to a cramped and filthy cattle car and shipped to Auschwitz. Once there, Elie and his father are separated from his mother and sister.
Once inside Auschwitz the horrors for young Elie continue. Every day he faces abuse, starvation, filth, hopelessness and death. At Auschwitz Elie and his father face the first of many of the “Selection Lines” that decide whether or not they would be killed immediately.
In his year as a prisoner, Elie and his father transfer between multiple camps. He is beaten, worked to the bone, and forced in to near starvation. He witnesses the death of his friends, his family, and, ultimately, his God.
After the war and the liberation of the camp Elie Wiesel worked as a journalist in France. Eventually he wrote the Novel La Nuit (Night) in French, about his experiences in the concentration camps For continued acts of peace, Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 A recent photograph of Elie Wisel; author, poet, and Nobel Proze winner.