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Children's LiteratureIn 1928, Elie Wiesel was born to Jewish parents in Germany. The Nazis began their oppression of Jews in Germany in the 1930s; in the spring of 1944, Wiesel, his parents and his sisters were forced onto train cars headed for concentration camps. His mother and his young sister were immediately put to death. Elie's father survived until 1945, but died shortly before Allied troops liberated the camp where father and son had been contained. Parentless and alone, Wiesel was cared for by a French charity. After studying in Paris, Wiesel became a journalist, a writer, and a teacher. He was elected to be the chairperson of the President's Commission on the Holocaust in the late 1970s and had a pivotal role in making decisions about how to remember that tragic period in history. In 1986, Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in recognition of his work raising awareness about the Holocaust. Houghton's book highlights Wiesel's important work, as well as the work of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. The epilogue includes information about the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Vocabulary words are included both as footnotes on each page and in a glossary at the book's end. Includes a bibliography of relevant print resources, addresses of places to write for additional information, and references to Internet sites. Reading Consultant: Timothy Rasinski, PhD and Content Consultant: John K. Roth, PhD. 2004, Red Brick Learning/Capstone Press, Ages 9 to 12.
— Heidi Hauser Green