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Elie Wiesel's Open Heart
Posted: Sun 12/09/2012 02:00 PM
He’s a bestselling author, teacher, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and one of the people Oprah admires most in the world. In 2006, she chose Night, his groundbreaking memoir about surviving Auschwitz, for her book club. “Seven years ago, we took a trip together that changed my life,” she says. “I had the privilege of visiting Auschwitz with Elie Wiesel as my guide.”
Since that time, the globally-renowned champion of human rights has faced new challenges. In 2008, he learned he lost his life savings, and $15 million from his foundation, in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme. In 2011, Elie was rushed into emergency open heart surgery. His long road to recovery required a great deal of soul searching, which resulted in his latest book Open Heart, a powerful work of art that ruminates on questions of life and death and what it really means to be human.
Now, he and Oprah are sitting down again to discuss love, death, faith and much more. Watch highlights from their conversations below!
In 2006, Oprah and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel walked the grounds of Auschwitz together. Still, there's one thing Elie didn't share with Oprah&mdsah;or anyone—until now. Watch as Elie opens up for the first time about the remembrance of his little sister he carries in his pocket.
In June 2011, doctors found he had five blocked arteries. Watch as he opens up to Oprah about why he wasn't sure he would make it through surgery, his fear of dying and what the first thing his grandson said to him when he came out of surgery. Plus, find out why Elie says he came out of surgery loving his life—and those in it—even more.
Elie says the body may not be eternal, but the soul is. Watch as he shares what he believes happens when he dies. Plus, Elie reveals how he felt his father's presence as he fought for his life after emergency open heart surgery.
In 2008, Bernie Madoff was arrested for running the world's largest Ponzi scheme, one that cost many—including Elie —their life savings. Watch as he reflects on what it was like to get the call saying he had lost everything. Plus, Elie shares the beautiful thing that happened after word got out.
Elie says one of the greatest offerings we can give is to create a world full of friendship. Why Elie says friendship is like a religion to him. Plus, what he most wants the world to know right now.