- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 2, 2016

President Obama paid tribute to the late Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel Saturday night as “the conscience of the world.”

Elie was not just the world’s most prominent Holocaust survivor, he was a living memorial,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “He raised his voice, not just against anti-Semitism, but against hatred, bigotry and intolerance in all its forms.”

Mr. Wiesel, a survivor of Buchenwald and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, died Saturday at age 87. He was a driving force behind the creation of the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington.

The president said Mr. Wiesel had more influence as a writer, speaker and activist than many elected officials.

“His life, and the power of his example, urges us to be better,” Mr. Obama said. “In the face of evil, we must summon our capacity for good. In the face of hate, we must love. In the face of cruelty, we must live with empathy and compassion. We must never be bystanders to injustice or indifferent to suffering.”

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