Elie wiesel


By lexatan
  • Eliezer is born

    Eliezer is born
    The Kellogg-Briand Pact renounces war as an instrument of national policy. On September 30, Elie Wiesel is born in Sighet, Transylvania, then and now part of Romania.
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    A descriptive timeline with regards to the Holocaust and Elie Wiesel's life during this time.
  • Conflict in Far East

    Conflict in Far East
    Japan invades Manchuria, beginning hostilities in the Far East.
  • Adolf Hitler

    Adolf Hitler
    Adolf Hitler is appointed Chancellor of Germany and the Nazi party takes control of Germany's government. The first permanent concentration camp, Dachau, is established.
  • Nuremberg Race Laws

    Nuremberg Race Laws
    Nuremberg Race Laws against Jews are decreed, depriving Jews of German citizenship.
  • Death Camps and Olympic Games

    Death Camps and Olympic Games
    The SS renames its units deployed at concentration camps the "Death's Head Units," later known as "Death's Head Battalions." Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler is appointed chief of the German Police. The summer Olympic games are hosted in Berlin.
  • Pacific War

    Pacific War
    Japan invades China proper, initiating the Pacific War that would become a part of World War II.
  • Kristallnacht

    Kristallnacht (night of crystal, also known as the night of broken glass): a government-organized pogrom against Jews in Germany, Austria, and the Sudeten region of Czechoslovakia results in widespread destruction of synagogues, businesses, and homes and the loss of at least 91 lives in November.
  • Germany Invades Poland

    Germany Invades Poland
    In April, Britain and France guarantee the integrity of Poland's borders after Hitler violates Munich Agreement of 1938 by invading and dismembering Czechoslovakia. In September, Germany invades Poland, starting World War II in Europe. In response, Great Britain, France, and the British Dominions declare war on Germany. In November, the first ghetto is established in Piotrków, Poland. Jews in parts of occupied Poland are forced to wear armbands bearing the Star of David for identification.
  • Germany Invades- Italy Declares War

    Germany Invades- Italy Declares War
    In spring, Germans conquer Denmark, Norway, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands; Winston Churchill becomes British Prime Minister. Italy declares war on Britain and France in June.
  • Tripartite Alliance- AXIS POWERS

    Tripartite Alliance- AXIS POWERS
    At German and Italian arbitration, Romania is compelled to cede northern Transylvania, including Sighet, to Hungary. In autumn, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia join the German-Italian alliance, called the Axis. German authorities begin to seal off ghettos in German-occupied Poland. Elie Wiesel and his family become residents of Hungary.
  • Nazi's Advance to Soviet Union

    Nazi's  Advance to Soviet Union
    Nazi Germany attacks the Soviet Union. The British and the Soviets sign a Mutual Assistance agreement. On July 31 Nazi Security Police chief Reinhard Heydrich is given authorization to plan and coordinate a "total" and "final" solution of the "Jewish Question." Construction of Auschwitz-Birkenau camp (Auschwitz II) begins in autumn.
  • USA enters WWII

    USA enters WWII
    The US enters World War II on December 8, a day after Germany's Axis partner, Japan, attacks the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. On December 8, the first of the killing centers in Nazi-occupied Poland begins operations. Twelve-year-old Elie Wiesel begins studying the Kabbalah.
  • The Final Solution

    The Final Solution
    The Wannsee Conference held in Berlin in January in Berlin ensures the full cooperation of all state, Nazi Party, and SS agencies in implementing "the Final Solution"—a plan to murder the European Jews—under the coordination of the SS and police.
  • Jews Rebel In Warsaw Ghetto

    Jews Rebel In Warsaw Ghetto
    Jews in the Warsaw ghetto rise up against their oppressors. By the end of the year, the Germans and their Axis partners have killed more than four million European Jews.
  • 440,000 jews Deproted form Hunagary to Auschwitz

    440,000 jews Deproted form Hunagary to Auschwitz
    Germany occupies Hungary in March. Between late April and early July, around 440,000 Hungarian Jews are deported from Hungary, most of them to Auschwitz. On June 6, D-Day, Anglo-American forces establish the first Allied beachhead in western Europe on the Normandy coast of German-occupied France.
  • Elie's family is deported

    Elie's family is deported
    Elie Wiesel is fifteen years old when he and his family are deported in May 1944 by the Hungarian gendarmerie and the German SS and police from Sighet to Auschwitz. His mother and younger sister perish; his two older sisters survive.
  • Elie Wiesel Is Lberated

    Elie Wiesel Is Lberated
    SS units evacuate Auschwitz in January. Elie and his father are transferred to Buchenwald concentration camp, near Weimar Germany. Elie's father dies in January; Elie is liberated with the arrival of US troops in April.
  • It All Ends

    It All Ends
    Soviet troops liberate Auschwitz on January 27. US troops liberate Buchenwald on April 11. Germany surrenders on May 7; World War II in Europe ends on May 8. On September 2, the Pacific War ends with the surrender of Japan after the US drops atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August. World War II is over. The United Nations is founded. Establishment of International Military Tribunal in August.
  • Nazi Leaders On Trial

    Nazi Leaders On Trial
    The trial of the top Nazi leaders begins in Nuremberg under the auspices of the International Military Tribunal. The Allies (France, Great Britain, the Soviet Union) indict 22 top-ranking Nazi leaders and six German and Nazi Party organizations for crimes against the peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
  • Nuremburg Trials 1945-1949

    Nuremburg Trials 1945-1949
    177 Nazi offenders are tried under the jurisdiction of the International Military Tribunal in 12 subsequent Nuremberg trials of second rank Nazi leaders. Thousands more Nazi perpetrators and their collaborators are tried in the four zones of occupied Germany and in the countries that Germany and its Axis partners occupied.
  • Nazi War Criminals Sentenced To Death

    Nazi War Criminals Sentenced To Death
    Eighteen of 21 defendants are convicted by the International Military Tribunal at the Nuremberg Trial; 12 are sentenced to death.
  • Elie In Paris

    Elie In Paris
    Elie Wiesel studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. He becomes interested in journalism.
  • Wiesel Visits Jerusalem

    Elie Wiesel goes to Jerusalem for the first time in the summer of '49. (exact date unknown)
  • UN prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide

    The United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide enters into force.