2007 Lifetime Achievement Award
The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Committee honored Nobel
Laureate Elie Wiesel with the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Professor Wiesel, who has written more than forty internationally acclaimed works
of fiction and nonfiction, was present to receive the award in conjunction
with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize ceremonies on Sunday,
October 14, 2007 at The Benjamin and Marion Schuster Center for the
Performing Arts in Dayton, Ohio.
Professor Wiesel’s 1958 memoir La Nuit (Night) chronicles his experiences
in European concentration camps during World War II. Night
has been read by millions and is included in school and college curricula
globally. Wiesel was chosen because of his role as a literary
and political spokesperson on behalf of Jews and other groups who
have suffered persecution and death due to their religion, race, or national
origin. He has been honored with the Presidential Medal of
Freedom, the United States of America Congressional Gold Medal,
the French Legion of Honor, and, in 1986, the Nobel Peace Prize.
Since 1976, he has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities
at Boston University, where he also holds the title of University
“Professor Wiesel’s voice has been heard in the literary community
for nearly fifty years; it is an increasingly important one for us to hear
today,” said Sharon Rab at the announcement of the committee’s decision.
“His tremendous contribution to the world of letters is recognized
globally. We are delighted and honored that he will be able to
join us to receive this special Lifetime Achievement Award.”