Essay: Was He Normal? Human? Poor Humanity

Poor Humanity

The author, winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, was 15 years old when the Nazis entered his hometown of Sighet, Hungary, in 1944. Miraculously he managed to survive the death camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, and at war's end he became a journalist in Paris. He would not speak out about the unspeakable for ten years. When that self-imposed vow of silence ended, he devoted his life to writing and talking, with rare eloquence and power, about the despair of the past and the concerns of the present. Now a U.S. citizen, Wiesel, 56, has written some 30 books and...

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