Elie Wiesel, Fighter, Survivor, Humanitarian, Dead At 87

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Published on 3 Jul 2016, 16:25
Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel has died at age 87.
The Romanian-born Holocaust survivor's classic book "Night" became a landmark testament to the Nazis' crimes and launched Wiesel's long career as one of the world's foremost witnesses and humanitarians.
His death was announced Saturday by Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. No other details were immediately available.
In 1986 when accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, the short, sad-eyed Wiesel, his face an ongoing reminder of one man's endurance of a shattering past, summed up his mission: "Whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation, take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."
On Saturday, President Obama said of Wiesel, "As a writer, a speaker, an activist, and a thinker, he was one of those people who changed the world more as a citizen of the world than those who hold office or traditional positions of power. His life, and the power of his example, urges us to be better."
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