- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 2, 2016

Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has died at the age of 87, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Saturday.

“In 1978, U.S. President Jimmy Carter appointed him as chairman of the Presidential Commission on the Holocaust (later renamed the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council), a role in which he served until 1986,” according to Haaretz. “In that capacity, Wiesel became a major, driving force behind the establishment of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. His words, ‘For the dead and the living, we must bear witness’ are engraved in stone at the entrance to the museum.”

In 1986, Mr. Wiesel was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize, with the selection committee praising him as “a messenger to mankind; his message is one of peace, atonement and human dignity.”

“His belief that the forces fighting evil in the world can be victorious is a hard-won belief,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee added in a news release at the time. “His message is based on his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler’s death camps. The message is in the form of a testimony, repeated and deepened through the works of a great author.”

A prolific writer with more than a half century of diverse published literature including essays, memoirs, novels and even plays, Mr. Wiesel bequeathed Boston University “where he had taught for decades” with his papers, according to Haaretz.

“Wiesel is survived by his wife Marion, their son Shlomo Elisha Wiesel, and his stepdaughter Jennifer and two grandchildren,” the Israeli daily newspaper said.

• Ken Shepherd can be reached at kshepherd@washingtontimes.com.

Copyright © 2022 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide