Elie Wiesel Dies at 87: President Obama, Lin-Manuel Miranda and More Pay Tribute
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.
Elie Wiesel was a great moral voice of our time and a conscience for our world. He was also a dear friend. We will miss him deeply.— President Barack Obama (@POTUS) July 2, 2016
Thank you Elie Wiesel. The world is profoundly better because you were here.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 2, 2016
Witness is a noble profession | Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 87 https://t.co/Cq7jVeJTyq— Ken Burns (@KenBurns) July 2, 2016
If only we could be the people Elie Wiesel said we must be #IMAGINE— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) July 2, 2016
I remember reading Elie Wiesel's NIGHT in high school and feeling my world explode.— Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) July 2, 2016
Mourning #ElieWiesel and an extraordinary moment at the White House when he told President Reagan not to go to SS cemetary at Bitburg— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) July 2, 2016
RIP Elie Wiesel pic.twitter.com/Fo0eAg1Kca— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 2, 2016
Elie Wiesel: a hero for our times. A clear, consistent, and enduring moral voice.— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) July 2, 2016