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Elie Wiesel's Night and the Holocaust with Primary Sources
Elie Wiesel's Night and the Holocaust from DPLA
Published in English in 1960, Elie Wiesel’s Night is an autobiographical account of his experience in the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald from 1944-1945. Wiesel was born in Sighet, Romania in 1928, and raised in the Jewish faith. He was just fifteen years old when he and his family were deported to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in a cattle car. His mother and younger sister both perished at Auschwitz, while Wiesel and his father remained together through several camp transfers within Auschwitz and a death-march evacuation from Auschwitz III, the Monowitz-Buna camp, to Buchenwald. He lost his father on January 29, 1945 but managed to stay alive and was liberated by the American army on April 11, 1945.
It was ten years before Wiesel could write his memoir about his experiences within the concentration camps, and then he struggled to get it published; the world was not ready to hear about the atrocities of Hitler’s Final Solution. However, Night was well-reviewed and would later go on to sell over ten million copies. Wiesel continued to write over the years, becoming one of the most prominent voices among Holocaust survivors. In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Elie Wiesel died on July 2, 2016 in Manhattan.
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Fannie Lou Hamer and the Civil Rights Movement in Rural Mississippi
Born to sharecroppers in rural Mississippi in 1917, the youngest of twenty children, Fannie Lou Hamer knew well the realities of racism, discrimination, and poverty. She used her knowledge in grassroots activism on behalf of voters’ rights, African Americans, and civil rights. “Sick and tired of being sick and tired,” Hamer provided a voice for oppressed and disenfranchised black majorities in the Deep South in the 1960s through her strength, passion, courage, and faith. Hamer epitomized the persistent struggles and victories of the US civil rights movement. African Americans in the Mississippi Delta, activists in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic party, and participants in the Freedom Summer were all influenced by her personality and leadership. This primary source set offers readers a greater understanding of Fannie Lou Hamer.