One-on-One with Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel and the essay contest winners
Professor Elie Wiesel is a renowned author, scholar and Holocaust survivor who has inspired millions of readers around the world. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, Professor Wiesel has dedicated his life to speaking out against hatred, bigotry and genocide.

Professor Wiesel's autobiographical account of his experiences in the Auschwitz death camp during World War II has touched readers for decades. After Oprah chose his book Night as an Oprah's Book Club selection, she announced a national high school essay contest. Thousands of high school students answered the call to read Night and write about why Elie Wiesel's book is relevant today.

Professor Wiesel has read the winning entries and shares his thoughts on the overwhelming response from young people. "They do give me hope," Professor Wiesel says. "But they need hope. I travel around, I teach, I live amongst children. And what they need most is hope."