This book is by Elie Wiesel, the writer, scholar, teacher and humanitarian who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. In this moving memoir, the first of two volumes, he recalls the Jewish religious observances of his family in Sighet, Romania, before the Nazis tore his life to pieces. In several harrowing chapters, Wiesel describes the Jewish ghetto created by the Nazis, deportation, separation from his mother and sisters, his father's death, and his own survival in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Throughout this account, he heralds the dignity of the Jews. Wiesel recounts his education in Paris at 16 and his choice of journalism as a career which would take him around the world to interview famous leaders. In All the Rivers Run to the Sea, Wiesel conveys his high regard for God, the Jewish scriptures, mysticism, memory, survivors of the Holocaust, the ethical value of literature, and the search for meaning in the events of our time.