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Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel dead at 87

3 July 2016 Entertainment News

NY, NY, United States (NewsBahn) – Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel died at the age of 87 in his Manhattan home, according to numerous reports.

The noted lecturer and humanities professor was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for being the conscience of the Holocaust in which 6 million Jews were killed.

“Wiesel is a messenger to mankind,” the Nobel citation said. “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.

Wiesel became well-known for “Night,” his autobiographical account of the Holocaust as a teenaged boy.

He expanded his repertoire into other novels, essay books and reportage, two plays along with two cantatas.

“If I survived, it must be for some reason,” he told Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times in an interview in 1981. “I must do something with my life. It is too serious to play games with anymore, because in my place, someone else could have been saved. And so I speak for that person. On the other hand, I know I cannot.”