What Happened to Elie Wiesel’s Sisters?

Hilda and Beatrice Wiesel survived their imprisonment at the Auschwitz concentration camp, met Elie Wiesel after the liberation of the camps, and finally came to North America. Wiesel’s younger sister, Tzipora, died in Auschwitz.

The Nazis deported the entire Jewish village of Sighet, Hungary, to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on May 6, 1944, when Wiesel was 15 years old. Wiesel was jailed along with his parents and three sisters. Wiesel was separated from his mother and sisters and joined his father to the Buna work camp. They worked under horrible conditions for several months while being transferred from camp to camp. Early in 1945, just prior to the liberation of the camp by the Americans, Wiesel’s father passed away at Buchenwald. Wiesel searched for his sisters’ names on a list of Buchenwald survivors but was unsuccessful. After relocating to a Paris orphanage, he learned that his sister Hilda was alive and looking for him. When they were reunited, she informed him that she had gotten engaged and relocated to France because she believed he was deceased. Almost one year later, they were reunited in Antwerp, Belgium.

Wiesel’s mother and younger sister perished at Auschwitz. Wiesel stated in an interview that he carried a photograph of Tzipora and that the only time he ever shed tears was when speaking of her. She was only seven years old when she was abducted and murdered.

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