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Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, dead at 87

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Posted at 4:13 PM, Jul 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-03 11:06:40-04

Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and author who fought for peace, human rights and simple human decency, has died at the age of 87, a spokesman for Israel’s Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, said

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Author Elie Wiesel attends the

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 28: Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Author Elie Wiesel attends the “Genesis Generation Challenge” at Bloomberg Philanthropies on April 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)

Saturday.

Wiesel, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, recounted his family being sent to the Nazi concentration camps in his first book, “Night,” which was published in 1955.

Wiesel was also well known for tracking down war criminals from Nazi Germany in the years after World War II.