: Reuters: Holocaust survivor, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel dies at 87

14:34 Jul. 3, 2016

Reuters: Holocaust survivor, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel dies at 87

Elie Wiesel speaks at the 20th anniversary of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington (AP Photo)

Wiesel campaigned for the tyrannized and forgotten around the world

Activist and writer Elie Wiesel, the World War Two death camp survivor who won a Nobel Peace Prize for becoming the life-long voice of millions of Holocaust victims, died on Saturday. He was 87.

Wiesel was a philosopher, speaker, playwright and professor who also campaigned for the tyrannized and forgotten around the world. He died at his home in New York City, the New York Times reported.

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The Romanian-born Wiesel lived by the credo expressed in "Night," his landmark story of the Holocaust - "to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time."

In awarding the Peace Prize in 1986, the Nobel Committee praised him as a "messenger to mankind" and "one of the most important spiritual leaders and guides in an age when violence, repression and racism continue to characterize the world."

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Wiesel as a ray of light, and said his extraordinary personality and unforgettable books demonstrated the triumph of the human spirit over the most unimaginable evil. Full story 

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