Holocaust Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Shares Heroic Story

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It was a packed out house  at the Walton Arts Center with hundreds of people waiting in line for hours and even people sitting out front listening to his message.

"How often do you get to meet a Holocaust survivor, that`s a really big deal and I`m really excited to do it."

Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner shares his heroic story of survival.  In 1944, at just the age 15, he and his family were sent to the Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp.  His mother and younger sister were both killed there.

"I think our duty our moral duty is to see to it that all other people should have to same privilege of being happy in our life, a life that is not lived in insult to others," says Wiesel.

His book, 'Night' which is about the horror of the holocaust is an international best seller and a required reading in some schools across the nation.

"This is something that you read about in a text book very academically but, it`s different when it`s a first person narrative when you can hear life experiences, stories and convictions in someone`s face."

Wiesel and his father both worked in the concentration camp as slave laborers.  Hhis dad died just a few months before the camp was liberated by U.S. troops.  Tonight, he hoped his message of hope, faith and survival will inspire young people.

"I live in the World of students of young people and I have such faith, such faith. Why? Because I believe that he or she who listens to a witness becomes a witness," adds Wiesel.

Wiesel received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 and has written more than fifty books.

Tonight's event was free and open to the public, following the lecture was a book signing.