Elie spent some time in an orphanage shortly after his liberation. Afterwards, he attended school in France and eventually found out that his two older sisters had survived the concentration camps.
He married a French woman who translates his works for him.
He emigrated to the United States after he was in a car accident in New York which forced him to spend extra time in America. He has served as a professor of philosophy at Boston University.
He won the Nobel Peace Prize and is most recognized today not just for his writing but also for his numerous humanitarian efforts. He is especially involved in impoverished countries of Africa ravaged by genocide.