Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate, survivor of Auschwitz, and author of more than 40 books, discussed his book And the Sea Is Never Full, Memoirs, 1969 –(Knopf Publishing) at Kentucky Author Forum in 2000.
Making words his weapon, Wiesel turns genocidal tragedy into a life force for world peace. Wiesel and his family were deported to Auschwitz when he was 15 years old. His mother and one of his three sisters died there; his father died later at Buchenwald. And the Sea Is Never Full continues the self-portrait of Wiesel begun in his unforgettable memoir, All Rivers Run to the Sea. The later memoir tells of the transformation of the brokenhearted, orphaned boy into a writer of international repute, relates the behind-the-scenes events that led to the establishment of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and shares his memories of his own vanished family.
Speaking out for both Holocaust survivors and the disenfranchised everywhere, Wiesel details his encounters with world leaders in his ongoing fight against racism, repression and persecution around the globe. These courageous and remarkable efforts, in the Soviet Union, South Africa, Bosnia, and the front lines in many other countries, earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
In addition to his memoirs, Wiesel’s many books include the best-sellingNight, and A Beggar in Jerusalem, winner of the Prix Medicis. His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States Congressional Gold Medal and the French Legion of Honor.
Elie Wiesel was interviewed at Kentucky Author Forum by Gustav Niebuhr, then a national correspondent at The New York Times, reporting on major trends in religion.