Israel’s Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem announced the death of Nobel Prize laureate and World War II death camp survivor Elie Wiesel on Saturday. Wiesel, who was the voice of the millions of Holocaust victims, breathed died at the age of 87.
The Nobel Community praised Wiesel as “the messenger of mankind,” while honoring him with the Nobel Prize in 1986. The community also said he is “one of the most important spiritual leaders and guides in an age when violence, repression and racism continue to characterize the world,” the Huffington Post reported.
His death is a massive loss for the human kind. The world has come together to remember his great personality and reflect on what his loss meant to the society.
“The state of Israel and the Jewish people express sorrow over the death of Elie Wiesel,” the Denver Post quoted the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying. “Elie, a master of words, gave expression to the victory of the human spirit over cruelty and evil with his unusual personality and captivating stories.”
Netanyahu added that Wiesel was “a ray of light” and a good example of humanity believing in the goodness of man during the Holocaust period, comforting millions of his brothers and sisters.
He added, “On behalf of all Israelis citizens, Sara and I send out condolences to his wife Marion and the Wiesel family. May him memory be blessed forever.”
Melinda Gates, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-Chair, also offered her condolences saying the death of Ellie Wiesel, who had the courage to remain optimistic even in the darkest days, is deeply saddening.
French President Francois Hollande said that Wiesel had a special relationship with France, as it is where he studied after the war and published the first edition of “The Night.”
German Justice Minister Heiko Maas also paid tribute to the Nobel Laureate saying, “Sadness over the death of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel. Witness of the Holocaust and chronicler of the indescribable.”