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And so, Professor Wiesel, thank you for your inspiration and encouragement. I did indeed write more, and more, and more. My book is the greatest gift I was able give to my father and my aunts. It is also the most powerful tribute I could give to my grandfather, who was killed in the gas chamber at Auschwitz.
I'm glad that I took the road I was not expected to travel after high school. From a young age, I had resolved to get a religious education from grade school through college. And though it did not go the way I had initially planned, or fit conventionally with early social and family influences, I got a valuable education about how to be a Jew in this big, vast, varied world.