Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel passed away on Saturday. He was 87.
BREAKING: Nobel Peace Prize winner, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel dead at age 87, according to @yadvashem— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 2, 2016
Wiesel was the author of Night, an autobiographical account of his experience with his father in the Buchenwald and Auschwitz death camps as a teen. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for his work against racism and violence.
Israeli Prime Minister Benajamin Netanyahu issued a statement regarding Weisel's passing, saying that Weisel was a "ray of light" in the middle of unspeakable atrocities.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mourned the passing of Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel on Saturday, saying that he "gave expression to the victory of the human spirit over cruelty and evil, through his extraordinary personality and his fascinating books."
Netanyahu said that "in the darkness of the Holocaust, in which our sisters and brothers were killed - six million - Elie Wiesel served as a ray of light and example of humanity who believed in the goodness in people."
Others took to Twitter to mourn Wiesel's passing, as well as to echo his messages of peace.
RIP Elie Wiesel. NIGHT taught generations of young people about the horrors of the Holocaust. Let's hope we heed its lessons.— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) July 2, 2016
RIP to such a beautiful man.— Therese Apel (@TRex21) July 2, 2016
"Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair."https://t.co/SNToOnX7IR
Terribly saddened to hear the news of Elie Wiesel's passing - an inspiration for all generations https://t.co/QOX4D1rSts— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) July 2, 2016
Rest in peace.