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Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel dies at 87

Sunday, July 03, 2016 - 01:18

Elie Wiesel, who survived the Buchenwald concentration camp, became the life-long voice of millions of Holocaust victims, and advocated on behalf of other oppressed people, dies at 87. Ashraf Fahim reports

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Elie Wiesel, the World War Two death camp survivor who won a Nobel Peace Prize as an advocate for Holocaust victims, has died at 87. Wiesel was an activist, writer and professor who campaigned on issues as diverse as Cambodian refugees and genocide in Africa. He was orphaned by the Nazis and emerged from the liberated Buchenwald concentration camp at age 16. Years later, Wiesel accompanied President Obama on a visit to the camp in 2009. (SOUNDBITE)(English) NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER, ELIE WIESEL, SAYING: "Thank you, Mr. President, for allowing me to come back to my father's grave, which is still in my heart." Wiesel was a staunch supporter of Israel and campaigned for Israeli and Jewish causes. He was criticized by advocates for Palestinian rights because of his support for Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land. In a statement on Saturday, Obama called Wiesel was "one of the great moral voices of our time." The Romanian-born Wiesel lived by the credo expressed in "Night," his landmark story of the Holocaust, in which he said "to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time".

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Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel dies at 87

Sunday, July 03, 2016 - 01:18