It's no coincidence this rare interview between Oprah Winfrey and Nobel Peace Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author Ellie Wiesel is scheduled to air during Hanukkah. Tune in Sunday at 11 a.m. on the OWN Network.
In the intimate interview, which falls on the first day of the holiday, Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and the author of the internationally-acclaimed memoir, Night, talks about facing his own mortality when, at age eighty-two, he was rushed into open heart surgery, as detailed in his latest memoir, Open Heart.
His fears associated with the lifesaving operation allowed him to re-examine his career and deepen his devotion to his family. Wiesel talks about being a witness to history as a Holocaust survivor, losing his life savings in the Bernard Madoff scandal and what he hopes will be the destiny of his life’s work.
A special re-broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show original episode, A Special Presentation: Oprah and Elie Wiesel At Auschwitz Death Camp, where in 2006 Oprah and Wiesel traveled to Poland together, will air immediately following from 12-1 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
Sandi Berg is also a freelance journalist and writes about television for several magazines including Written By (Writer's Guild of America), Life After 50 and Whole Life Times Magazine.