Holocaust Survivor And Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel Is Dead At 87
Elie Wiesel, an author and one of the world's most well-known and prominent Holocaust survivors, died at the age of 87 on Saturday at his home in Manhattan, according to The New York Times.
Many people know Elie Wiesel from "Night," his harrowing book detailing his experiences with his father at the Nazi concentration camps in Auschwitz and Buchenwald during World War II. He was eventually liberated from Buchenwald by Allied forces; his father, along with most of his relatives, did not survive.
He would later win the Nobel Peace Prize for his ongoing efforts to make sure people couldn't erase the Holocaust from memory, and there's no doubt that his efforts helped the world and its leaders remember.
In its press release from 1986 when Wiesel won the Peace Prize, the Nobel Committee said,
Incredible enough by itself, Wiesel survived the Holocaust, but it was his writings that followed his experience that really spoke to people. He understood that what could happen to Jews during the Holocaust could happen to others again, and so he made sure to use his voice to encourage people to use their voices.
In light of the news of Wiesel's death, people from all walks of life started tweeting tributes to the author, frequently including quotes and passages, and conveyed their sorrow at the death of a truly incredible human.
To borrow some fitting words from "Game of Thrones," one of my favorite TV shows, I will conclude by saying "We shall never see his like again."
Rest in peace, Elie Wiesel, you've done everything the world asked and so much more to deserve it.
We all will never forget your words.