Elie Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor and author of more than 50 books. He is most famous for Night, the autobiographical story of his experiences in the German concentration camps during World War II. In addition to writing, he has dedicated his life to political activism and humanitarian causes, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is the official Israeli commemoration of the 6 million Jews murdered in Nazi Germany during World War II. Yom Hashoah 2011 takes place on Monday, May 2.