Holocaust survivor, Nobel winner Elie Wiesel visits Kent State as part of speaker series

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Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Boston University Professor Elie Wiesel will speak at the second Kent State University Presidential Speaker Series on April 11 at 7 p.m., at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center on the Kent Campus.

Tickets are $50 for preferred seating, $20 for general admission, $15 for group tickets of 10 or more, and $10 for Kent State faculty and staff (one ticket at $10, then additional tickets at the general admission price).

There are 1,500 free tickets available to Kent State students (one ticket per student) on a first-come basis. After the first 1,500 free tickets are gone, Kent State students pay $10 for one ticket and the general admission price for additional tickets. A $1 processing and handling fee will be added to the price of each ticket, excluding the 1,500 free Kent State student tickets. Tickets will be available through an online ticket system at www.kent.edu/ElieWiesel. For group tickets only, call 330-672-2235.

"Professor Elie Wiesel is a true humanitarian and peace advocate who has impacted our world for most of his life through his works, writings and commitment to the plights of the oppressed," said Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. "Having a man of his caliber, who has achieved much for humanity, at Kent State is indeed an honor, and so I invite all members of our community to come and learn from what promises to be a thought-provoking session."

In 1928, Wiesel was born in Sighet, Romania, (Hungary 1940-45). He was 15 when he and his family were deported to Auschwitz. His mother and younger sister perished there. He and his father were later transported to Buchenwald, where his father died shortly before the camp was liberated in 1945.

After the war, Wiesel studied in Paris and eventually became a journalist in that city, yet he remained silent about his time in the death camps.

During an interview with the French writer Fran├žois Mauriac, he was persuaded to end that silence and wrote his memoir "Night." Since its publication in 1956 in Yiddish and in 1958 in French, "Night" has been translated into more than 30 languages and millions of copies have been sold. In 2006, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published a new English-language edition of "Night" featuring a new translation by Marion Wiesel.

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