Jul 03, 2016
By Bob Sheppard
Holocaust survivor, Nobel Laureate, professor and author Elie Wiesel has died.
He passed away Saturday at the age of 87.
Wiesel was a giant among those who fight for humanity itself, and was described by the Los Angeles Times as the most important Jew in America.
His best-selling 1955 memoir “Night” describes his experiences in the death camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald after he and his family were taken from their homes in Romania by the Nazis.
His father died in the camps after a beating by a Nazi soldier. His mother and younger sister also perished in the camps.
Wiesel wrote a total of 57 books, and was a professor of humanities at Boston University. In his honour, the university created the Elie Wiesel Centre for Jewish Studies.
He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Norwegian Nobel Committee called Wiesel a “messanger to mankind.”
Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that the world has lost a brilliant voice for human dignity.