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Holocaust Survivor And Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel Dead At 87

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The loss of a true legend and iconic author.

Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor who also became a Nobel Laureate, has died at the age of 87, according to media reports.

Wiesel is best known for his groundbreaking work Night, a book describes the horrors he experienced as a Jewish survivor of the Nazi death camps of the Holocaust during World War II.

After he was liberated from those camps at the end of the war as a young man, he went around the world for the rest of his life — most notable in the United States, France, and Israel — to speak on behalf of victims of hate and persecution.

According to Wiesel's son, the author apparently died at his home in Manhattan. No cause was given.

Wiesel's death is a major event in global politics; even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke after his death (below), releasing a statement:

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