What a sad day for the world. Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, author and Nobel Peace Prize winner, died on July 2 at his home in New York City. He was 87 years old.
Elie Wiesel has tragically died on July 2 at the age of 87. Elie survived being imprisoned at Auschwitz and Buchenwald during the Holocaust in World War II. Over the course of his long and influential life, he advocated for peace across the world. He will be so missed.
He was sent to Auschwitz, along with his father, when he was just a teenager. His mother and sister were killed in the gas chamber. Elie and his father were forced to march to Buchenwald, and his father later died as a result of dysentery and being beaten by an SS officer. Elie was freed at the age of 16.
Elie became best known for his book, Night, which recounted his horrific experience in the Nazi death camps during World War II. The book was published in 1955 and received worldwide acclaim. He wrote more than 40 other books over the course of his life.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Nobel committee called Elie a “messenger to mankind.” He dedicated his award to the Holocaust survivors, calling them “an example to humankind how not to succumb to despair.” Elie was always a strong advocate for peace. He was also very vocal about giving a voice to the oppressed.
“When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant,” he said in his acceptance speech. “Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.”
Over the years, Elie received countless awards and honors. He received honorary knighthood in Britain. President Obama awarded Elie the National Humanities Medal in 2009. That same year, Elie, President Obama, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to the site of the Buchenwald concentration camp, where Elie gave an incredible speech.
Elie is survived by his wife, Marion, and son, Elisha. Rest in peace, Elie.
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