Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in Sighet, Transylvania, which is now part of Romania. He was
fifteen years old when he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz. After the
war, Elie Wiesel studied in Paris and later became a journalist. During an interview with
the distinguished French writer, Francois Mauriac, he was persuaded to write about his
experiences in the death camps. The result was his internationally acclaimed memoir, La Nuit
or Night, which has since been translated into more than thirty languages.