Elie Wiesel, Romanian-born American writer, political activist and Holocaust survivor, Died at 87

  Educator, Writer

Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928, and died on July 2, 2016.

He was an American Romanian-born Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Holocaust survivor, and Nobel Laureate.

Wiesel authored over 57 books, which was written mostly in French and English, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald concentration camps.

He was also the Advisory Board chairman of the newspaper Algemeiner Journal.

And known as the Andrew Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Boston University, in Boston, Massachusetts.

He received was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, the Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a “messenger to mankind,” stating that through his struggle to come to terms with “his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler’s death camps”, as well as his “practical work in the cause of peace”, Wiesel had delivered a powerful message “of peace, atonement and human dignity” to humanity.

Elie Wiesel passed away at 87 years old.