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Elie Wiesel's first hand account of life in a concentration camp has become a popular selection in high school English classes. Night by Elie Wiesel, written in 1960, is more than just a horrifying tale. It's a call to action, a call to end hatred, injustice, and indifference.
Now, in addition to teaching and writing, Wiesel has worked to end suffering worldwide. Shortly after winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, Elie and his wife Marion established the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. According to its website, "The Foundation's mission, rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, is to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding and equality."
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The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Website
An effective way to promote tolerance, justice, and mercy is to teach Night by Elie Wiesel. Very few literary works have the ability to move students as does Night. Upon completion of the novel, it's important to show students that Wiesel used his horrific experiences as motivation, motivation to end suffering. For that reason I created questions to motivate students to navigate the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Website. Wiesel's site differs from author websites insomuch that it promotes Wiesel's cause more than it promotes his literature. It also demonstrates the profound effect literature can have on the world. Most importantly, it informs students on the need for human rights work.
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- Night by Elie Wiesel recounts the end result of intolerance. What can you do as an individual to make sure an event such as the Holocaust does not happen again? (Stop bullying, don't laugh at inappropriate jokes, don't promote stereotypes, don't encourage fighting, etc.)
- Record the following biographical information about Elie Wiesel: birthdate, birthplace, death. (1928; Sighet; Transylvania; He's still alive).
- Where did Wiesel go after the war and what did he do for a living? (Paris; journalist and teacher).
- Name five awards Wiesel has won.
- List five humanitarian causes Wiesel's foundation has supported.
- In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Wiesel promises never to be ______________. (silent)
- Why did Wiesel make this promise? (Because the world knew of the holocaust and remained silent).
- According to Wiesel, whom does neutrality help? (the oppressor)
- According to Wiesel, when must we interfere in world affairs? (When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views.)
- List five books by Elie Wiesel other than Night.
- What is the purpose of the Beit Tzipora Centers? (Educational centers in Israel to educate Ethiopian Jews)
- Who is Tzipora? (Elie's sister)
- Briefly summarize the five conferences sponsored by The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.
- Six individuals have won the foundation's humanitarian award. List them wnd give a brief explanation why they won.
Webquest Using Elie Wiesel's Foundation for Humanity
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