The Holocaust. By: Ryan Nelson.
The boycott of Jewish stores in April 1933 marked the beginning of a downward spiral for Jews that would eventually end in the gas chambers at Auschwitz. The boycott was followed by a series of laws and decrees which robbed the Jews of one right after another. There would be, in the twelve years of Hitler's Reich, over 400 laws and decrees targeting Jews alone.
Hitler, leader of the German Nazi party and, from 1933 until his death, dictator of Germany. He rose from the bottom of society to conquer first Germany and then most of Europe. Riding on a wave of European fascism after World War I and favored by traditional defects in German society, especially its lack of cohesion, he built a Fascist regime unparalleled for barbarism and terror. His rule resulted in the destruction of the German nation-state and its society, in the ruin of much of Europe's traditional structure, and in the extermination of about 6 million Jews. Hitler was eventually defeated.
After four days, the train stopped at Auschwitz. Wiesel, then 15, followed the instructions of a fellow prisoner and told the waiting SS officer that he was eighteen, a farmer and in good health. He and his father were sent to be slave laborers. His mother and younger sister were taken to the gas chambers. Wiesel and his father survived first Auschwitz and then the Buna labor camp for eight months, enduring beatings, hunger, roll calls and other torture. Wiesel witnessed hangings and once, a "trial" by three religious rabbis against God. Yet he still prayed every day. Like other inmates, Wiesel was stripped of his identity and became identified only by his number: A-7713.
Wiesel is in the second row ofbunks, seventh from the left
On Dec. 7, 1941, while negotiations were going on with Japanese representatives in Washington, Japanese carrier-based planes swept in without warning over Oahu and attacked (7:55 local time) the bulk of the U.S. Pacific fleet, moored in Pearl Harbor. Nineteen naval vessels, including eight battleships, were sunk or severely damaged; 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed. Military casualties were 2,280 killed and 1,109 wounded; 68 civilians also died. On Dec. 8, the United States declared war on Japan.
By far, the best known D-Day is June 6, 1944 — the day on which the Battle of Normandy began — commencing the Western Allied effort to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II.
Eliezer Wiesel (commonly known as Elie, born September 30, 1928) is an American-Jewish novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor. He is the author of over 40 books, the best known of which is Night, a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust and his imprisonment in several concentration camps.
Night is a work by Elie Wiesel based on his experience, as a young Orthodox Jew, of being sent with his family to the German death camp at Auschwitz, and later to the concentration camp at Buchenwald.
Police in New Jersey arrested a man suspected of having attempted to abduct Elie Wiesel, the noted author and Holocaust survivor, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, early in February in San Francisco.
Eric Hunt, 22, was picked up at a mental health clinic in Belle Mead, NJ, for extradition back to California where he faces charges of attempted kidnapping, false imprisonment, elder abuse, stalking, battery, and committing a hate crime.
According to police, Hunt allegedly abducted Wiesel in an elevator at a San Francisco hotel at which Wiesel was staying, forcing him onto the sixth floor, but fleeing after Wiesel began to yell. Authorities were able to identify Hunt as a suspect from items left behind and tracked him to New Jersey.
Police said that Hunt previously tried to confront Wiesel at a different conference in Florida, but was not successful.
After the attack, Hunt allegedly posted a description of the attempted abduction to an anti-Semitic site on the Internet, identifying himself as a Holocaust denier who wished to "interrogate" Wiesel.