- Elie Wiesel dies at 87 and the cause of death is still undisclosed
- Elie Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner
- He joined the list of prolific and influential authors that died this year
He survived the Holocaust, one of the darkest times in history, but Elie Wiesel died leaving a legacy of a fighter.
The cause of death was not revealed, but his death was announced Saturday by Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. People assume that the world-renowned author is nursing a malady for quite some time.
Romanian-born Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace laureate fought the memory of more than six million Jews perished during the Holocaust fighting for Israel. He actively battled for the innocent victims of violence and oppression.
Most of his life, Wiesel educated students, educators, celebrities, and world leaders about things he witnessed and made sure that victims are honored and not forgotten. He wrote more than 40 books, including the modern classic "Night" that chronicles Nazis' crimes and has become a staple read like “The Diary of Anne Frank”.
The book includes a haunting passage that sums up what it was like in concentration camp in Auschwitz;
"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. ... Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never."
Elie Wiesel joined fellow highly-acclaimed authors Harper Lee and Umberto Eco, who died earlier this year.