Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz survivor, Nobel Laureate, and documenter of the Holocaust, died on Saturday at 87. President Obama called him “One of the great moral voices of our time.”
He was born in Romania in 1928, in the town of Sighet. In 1940, at the age of 15, he was transported to the Auschwitz death camp, along with his family members and the other jewish citizens of his town. He and two sisters survived the horrors, but his mother, one sister, and his father, held captive at Buchenwald, died at the hands of the Nazis.
Elie Wiesel dedicated his life to documenting the tragedy, and telling the stories of survivors. As a very young man he wrote Night, a memoir of his experiences and survival at Auschwitz, which earned him world-wide recognition.
Over his long and influential career he wrote 60 books, and made countless appearances. Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for his life-long role in vocally and vigorously opposing violence, repression and racism around the world.
Elie Wiesel is survived by his wife Marion, also a survivor, and their son Elisha.