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Elie Wiesel on How He Became a Bernie Madoff Victim (VIDEO)

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In 2008, Elie Wiesel -- bestselling author, teacher, human rights activist, Nobel-prize winner and Holocaust survivor -- received a midnight phone call that turned out to be (as Oprah calls it in this video), a "stunning experience." It was his son on the phone, calling to tell him that financier Bernie Madoff was in jail. Professor Wiesel subsequently learned that he had lost his entire life savings, as well as $15 million from the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity -- the foundation that he and his wife had worked on for more than 40 years.

During her interview for "Super Soul Sunday," Oprah asks Professor Wiesel, "What was the first thing you did [after you received the news]?"

Professor Wiesel says that he and his wife, Marion, just "looked at each other, and our reaction was, 'We have seen worse.'"

"Super Soul Sunday with Elie Wiesel" airs Sunday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. ET on OWN.

Filed by Joan Podrazik
 

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