Nobel laureate and prolific author Elie Wiesel died Saturday at the age of 87. Wiesel had dedicated his life to ensure horrors of the holocaust are not forgotten. Through his writings, he spoke against violence, repression, and racism.
He is perhaps best known for his memoir “Night” based on his experiences inside a Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz. Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928, in Romanian. was taken to the concentration camp with his family when he was just 15. His father, mother and sister died inside the camp. He wrote more than 60 books.
Commenting on the Nobel laureate’s death US President Barack Obama said Wiesel was “one of the great moral voices of our time”.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also condoled Wiesel’s death. In an official statement, he said: “In the darkness of the Holocaust when our brothers and sisters perished—the six million—Elie Wiesel served as a ray of light and an example of humanity that believes in the goodness of man.”
In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In accepting the honor he said: “I have tried to keep memory alive, that I have tried to fight those who would forget. Because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices.”
According to the New York Times, his Nobel citation said, “Wiesel is a messenger to mankind. His message is one of peace, atonement, and human dignity. His belief that the forces fighting evil in the world can be victorious is a hard-won belief.”