Monday, July 4, 2016

RIP Elie Wiesel

The Holocaust survivor and Nobel peace laureate Elie Wiesel has died aged 87.

Elie Wiesel was born in Romania in 1928. In 1940 his town, Sighet, was part of a region that was annexed by Hungary. Four years later the town's entire Jewish population, including 15 year old Elie and his family, was deported to Auschwitz.

Mr Wiesel's mother and one sister were killed in Nazi death chambers. His father died of starvation and dysentery in the Buchenwald camp. Two other sisters survived.

After the war, Mr Wiesel lived in a French orphanage and went on to become a journalist. He wrote more than 60 books, starting with Night, a memoir based on his experiences in the death camps.

In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for his role in speaking out against violence, repression and racism. When accepting it, he said: "Whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation, take sides.



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