Elie Wiesel Dies at 87: President Obama, Lin-Manuel Miranda and More Pay Tribute

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Elie Wiesel

The Holocaust survivor whose classic 'Night' became a landmark testament to the Nazis' crimes died at 87.

Elie Wiesel, the Nobel laureate and Romanian-born Holocaust survivor whose Night became a landmark testament to the Nazis' crimes and launched Wiesel's long career as one of the world's foremost witnesses and humanitarians, has died, it was announced Saturday by Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. He was 87.

Wiesel wrote more than 40 books, but Night was considered a classic ranked with Anne Frank's diary as standard reading about the Holocaust. 

George Clooney sent a statement to The Hollywood Reporter following Wiesel's death: “Unless you’re 88 years old most of us have not lived in a world without Elie Wiesel. We had a champion who carried our pain, our guilt and our responsibility on his shoulders for generations. Now he’s gone. It’s hard to fathom. So I guess it’s up to us now. To fight for the disenfranchised. To speak truth to power and to never forget how cruel man can be to man. In memory of Elie it’s the least we can do. Rest in peace my friend. You brought us this far. We’ll take it from here.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Saturday in a statement: "With the death of Elie Wiesel, we have lost one of the great witnesses to history. Few wrote as eloquently or as forcefully about the horrors of the Nazi holocaust, and, more than anyone, he embodied the moral imperative never to repeat similar horrors in future. He will be mourned here in Los Angeles as he will be everywhere — and his message will never be forgotten." 

Many from Hollywood and Washington, inspired by his works, took to Twitter to mourn the Nobel laureate. 

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