that, the elder brother was sent to Mauthausen and, as the young Miklos was then
alone, two elder Jewish inmates who were also Hungarians and friends with his
late father took him under their protection. These two protectors of
the young Miklos were the Lazar and Abraham Wiesel
In the following months, Miklos
Gruner and the Wiesel brothers became good friends. Lazar Wiesel was 31 years old
in 1944. Miklos never forgot the number Lazar was tattooed with by the Nazis:
In January 1945, as the Russian army was coming, the inmates were
transferred to Buchenwald. During the ten days this transfer took,
partly by foot, partly by train, more than half of the inmates died. Amongst
them was Abraham, the elder brother of Lazar Wiesel.
In April 8,
1945, the US army liberated Buchenwald. Miklos and Lazar were amongst
the survivors of the camp. As Miklos had tuberculosis, he was sent to a Swiss clinic and therefore was separated from Lazar. After recovering, Miklos
emigrated to Australia while his elder brother, who also survived the war,
established himself in Sweden.
Years later, in 1986, Miklos was
contacted by the Swedish journal Sydsvenska Dagbladet in Malmo and invited to meet "an old friend" named Elie Wiesel... As Miklos
answered that he doesn`t know anyone with this name, he was told Elie
Wiesel was the same person Miklos knew in the Nazi camps under the name
Lazar Wiesel and with the inmate number A-7713...
remembered that number and he was therefore convinced at that point that he was
going to meet his old friend Lazar. He happily accepted the invitation to meet him at the Savoj Hotel in Stockholm on
December 14, 1986. Miklos recalls:
" I was very happy at the idea of
meeting Lazar but when I confronted the so-called "Eli Wiesel", I was stunned to see a man I
didn`t recognize at all, who didn`t even speak Hungarian or Yiddish and instead he was speaking English in a strong French accent. Therefore our meeting was over in about
ten minutes. As a goodbye gift, the man gave me his book entitled "Night" of which he claimed to be the author. I accepted the book I didn`t know at that time but
told everyone there that this man was not the person he pretended to
Miklos recalls that during this
strange meeting, Elie Wiesel refused to show him the tattooed number on his arm,
saying he didn`t want to exhibit his body. Miklos adds that Elie Wiesel showed
his tattooed number afterward to an Israeli journalist who Miklos met and
this journalist told Miklos that he didn`t have time to identify the number
but... was certain it wasn`t a tattoo. Miklos says:
After that meeting with Elie
Wiesel, I spent twenty years of research and found out
that the man calling himself Elie Wiesel has never been in a Nazi concentration camp since he was not included in any official list of detainees.
Miklos also found out that the book
Elie Wiesel gave him in 1986 as something he has written himself was in fact
written in Hungarian in 1955 by Miklos' old friend Lazar Wiesel and
published in Paris under the title "Un di Velt hot Gesvigen", meaning approximately "The World Kept Silent".
The book was then shortened and rewritten in French
as well as in English in order to be published under the author`s name Elie
Wiesel in 1958, under the french title "La Nuit" and the English title
"Night". Ten million copies of the book were sold in the world by
Elie Wiesel who even received a Nobel Peace prize for it in 1986 while -says
Miklos- the real author Lazar Wiesel was mysteriously
Elie Wiesel never wanted to meet me
again, says Miklos. He became very successful; he takes 25 thousand dollars for
a 45 minutes speech on the Holocaust. I have officially reported to the FBI in Los Angeles.I have also complained to governments and media, in the US and Sweden with no result.
I have received
anonymous calls telling me I could be shot if I don`t shut up but I am not
afraid of death any more. I have deposited the whole dossier in four
different countries and, if I died suddenly, they would be made
public. The world must know that Elie Wiesel is an impostor and I am going
to tell it, I am going to publish the truth in a book called "Stolen Identity A7713".
PERSON IDENTIFIED AS ELIE WIESEL IN FAMOUS BUCHENWALD PHOTO IS NOT WIESEL
Miklos Gruner and "Elie Wiesel" are in the most famous Holocaust Picture, taken at Buchenwald on April 16, 1945. Gruner is the boy at the extreme left on the bottom row, while "Wiesel" is 7th from left, middle row. "Wiesel" looks pretty old to be born in 1928, i.e 17 years old. Compare with Miklos Gruner who was 16. According to Gruner this man is not Lazar Wiesel or Elie Wiesel. He implies neither Lazar Wiesel nor Elie Wiesel are this picture.
My correspondent writes: "the identification number given for "Elie Wiesel" on the picture (123565)
isn`t even the number Gruner says was tattooed on Lazar
"Itt voltunk 1945. április 8-ig, itt
szabadítottak fel minket a bevonuló amerikai csapatok. Én rajta is vagyok azon a
fényképen, amelyet a táborról készítettek és bejárta a világot."
Translation: "We (himself and
Lazar) were there (Buchenwald) until April 8, 1945 when we were
liberated by the Americans. I myself am even in that camp photo
which was taken then by the Americans and was shown all over the
Look at the man in the photo presented
as Elie Wiesel: he is not a teenager but a man in his late 20's or 30's.