Elie Wiesel, a beacon of light, died today at age 87 after a prolonged illness.

The Times of Israel reports:

Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Holocaust survivor and human rights activist Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel died on Saturday at the age of 87 after a prolonged illness.

A survivor of the Auschwitz and Buchenwald Nazi death camps, Wiesel dedicated much of his life to Holocaust education and promoting tolerance around the world.

. . . .  Soon after he won the Nobel prize, Wiesel and his wife Marion founded The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity with a mission to “combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding and equality”.

. . . . Throughout his life and career, Wiesel continued to speak out for victims of oppression all over the world.

Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, mourned Wiesel’s passing.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mourned the passing of Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel on Saturday, saying that he “gave expression to the victory of the human spirit over cruelty and evil, through his extraordinary personality and his fascinating books.”

Netanyahu said that “in the darkness of the Holocaust, in which our sisters and brothers were killed – six million – Elie Wiesel served as a ray of light and example of humanity who believed in the goodness in people.”

The prime minister gave thanks that he had been blessed to have know Wiesel, and learned from him, personally.

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