Obama Writing Book With Elie Wiesel

Holocaust survivor says it will be 'book of two friends'

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 8, 2012 1:04 PM CST

(Newser) – Now that President Obama has been re-elected, he might have a little more time for another big project: Writing a book with Holocaust survivor and Nobel peace prize laureate Elie Wiesel. Wiesel, who wrote about his time in Auschwitz in his memoir Night, says they are writing "a book of two friends," the Guardian reports, citing Haaretz. Obama first saw Wiesel, 84, when the author lectured at his college; they became friends in 2009 while visiting Buchenwald together and now occasionally have dinner together. Wiesel has written more than 50 books.

President Barack Obama embraces Elie Wiesel as Wiesel's wife, Marion Erster Rose watches ar right, after Obama spoke at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, Monday, April 23, 2012.
President Barack Obama embraces Elie Wiesel as Wiesel's wife, Marion Erster Rose watches ar right, after Obama spoke at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, Monday, April 23, 2012.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Elie Wiesel, light candles in the Hall of Remembrance as they tour the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, Monday, April 23, 2012.
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Elie Wiesel, light candles in the Hall of Remembrance as they tour the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, Monday, April 23, 2012.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama and Elie Wiesel react at the memorial site for the 'Kleines Lager' (Little Camp) inside Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar, Germany, Friday, June 5, 2009.
President Barack Obama and Elie Wiesel react at the memorial site for the 'Kleines Lager' (Little Camp) inside Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar, Germany, Friday, June 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, Pool)
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