Paired Texts > Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance Speech
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Holocaust survivor and storyteller Elie Wiesel is recognized as a leader in the fight for peace and human dignity.Pair “Elie Wiesel” with “Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Acceptance Speech” to provide students with additional information about Wiesel’s life and accomplishments. How would you describe the impact that Wiesel had on the world by sharing his experiences from the Holocaust? Why did Wiesel think it is important to remember these tragic moments in history?
In "Elie Wiesel's 'The Perils of Indifference' Speech," the Holocaust survivor discusses the consequences of acting indifferently towards the suffering of others.Pair “Elie Wiesel’s ‘The Perils of Indifference’ Speech” with “Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Acceptance Speech” and ask students to discuss the similar ideas that Wiesel explores in these two texts. How does Wiesel depict the dangers of remaining indifferent in the face of injustice? How are these two speeches similar in tone and style?
This informational text explains what the Holocaust was, who it affected, who carried it out, and how it ended.Pair “Introduction to the Holocaust” with “Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Acceptance Speech” so that students can develop background knowledge on the events that shaped Elie Wiesel’s life. Ask students to discuss how both texts present different information about the Holocaust and how it impacted humanity. Why is it important to understand the stories of individuals as well as history on a larger scale?
In "Nelson Mandela's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture," Mandela accepts the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize and discusses his work ending South Africa's system of segregation.Pair “Nelson Mandela’s Nobel Peace Prize Lecture” with “Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Acceptance Speech” and ask students to identify how both Mandela and Wiesel reference other leaders and recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize in their speeches. How do these references create meaning in their speeches? Why might Nobel Prize recipients consider including these references in their speeches?
In "Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Acceptance Speech," Yousafzai accepts the Nobel Peace Prize and speaks about the importance of education.Pair “Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize Lecture” with “Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Acceptance Speech” so that students can compare the perspectives of two Nobel Peace Prize winners. Ask students to consider how both Wiesel and Yousafzai used their personal experiences to seek change and peace. Ask students to contrast the tones of both speeches and discuss what accounts for the difference in tone between the speeches.