In class we have been discussing some of the achievements of Elie Wiesel the writer of Night. We know he was awarded the Nobel Prize but he has also been recognised for his work in other ways. In 2009 President Barack Obama presented National Humanities Medals to eight Americans for their outstanding achievements in history, literature, cultural philanthropy and museum leadership. Medals were given to historians Robert A. Caro, Annette Gordon-Reed, David Levering Lewis, and William H. McNeill; museum director Philippe de Montebello; philanthropist Albert H. Small; author Theodore C. Sorensen; and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel.
Elie Wiesel was awarded the medal for his unwavering commitment to preserving the memory of the Holocaust and its victims. He has fostered compassion and understanding through his writing, his leadership, and his relentless advocacy for human rights.