Here is a look at the life of Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel.
Personal: Birth date: September 30, 1928
Birth place: Sighet, Transylvania (now Romania)
Birth name: Eliezer Wiesel
Father: Shlomo Wiesel, a grocer
Mother: Sarah (Feig) Wiesel
Marriage: Marion (Rose) Wiesel, (1969-present)
Children: Shlomo Elisha, 1972
Education: Attended the Sorbonne, 1948-1951
Other Facts: Is a human rights advocate, speaking out about Bosnian ethnic cleansing, Cambodian refugees, and South African apartheid.
Wiesel's mother and youngest sister died at Auschwitz. His two older sisters survived.
While in a French orphanage, Wiesel's picture was taken by a journalist who came to visit. One of his sisters saw the picture in the paper and they were reunited. Later he was reunited with his other sister.
Wiesel appears in a famous photograph taken at Buchenwald of male prisoners in bunk beds.
Early in his career, Wiesel wrote for French newspaper L'Arche, Tel Aviv newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, and New York City newspaper Jewish Daily Forward.
Lost his life savings in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. His foundation also lost millions.
Timeline: 1944 - The Wiesel family is sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp, when Elie is 15.
January 1945 - Is moved with his father to the Buchenwald concentration camp. His father dies there.
April 11, 1945 - The Buchenwald concentration camp is liberated. Wiesel and other orphans are sent to France.
1958 - Wiesel's book, "La Nuit," is published. It is the story of the Wiesel family being sent to the Nazi concentration camps.
1960 - "Night," the English translation of "La Nuit" is released.
1963 - Becomes an American citizen.
1972-1976 - Distinguished Professor of Judaic Studies at the City University of New York.
1976-present - Andrew Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University.
1978 - Is appointed chairman of the President's Commission on the Holocaust by President Jimmy Carter.
1980 - Becomes the founding chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.