After the war Wiesel, reunited with his two surviving sisters, settled in France. There he taught Hebrew and mastered the French language. He also studied philosophy at the Sorbonne. He became professional journalist and wrote for newspapers both in France and Israel. In 1955, after ten years of utter silence about his experience in the camps and war in general, Wiesel met Francois Mauriac, a Nobel Prize awarded French author who later became his close friend for life. Mauriac is credited to have encouraged Wiesel to write about his experiences. “La Nuit” was the result of this persuasion which was later translated in English Language as “Night”. Wiesel had to struggle several years to find a publisher for his book and even when he did only few copies were sold initially. However, as yet, Night has been translated in more than 30 languages and by 1997 the book was selling over 300,000 copies annually in the US alone.
And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more."In addition to her diary, Frank filled a notebook with quotes from her favorite authors, original stories and the beginnings of a novel about her time in the Secret Annex.
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