Sunday, 3 July 2016

World Reacts to Death of Elie Wiesel, 'Conscience of the World'

The world reacted with shock and sadness to the death of author Elie Wiesel, whose poignant memoir about surviving the Holocaust serves as a powerful testament of the atrocities capable of mankind, and who dedicated his life to fighting inhumanity around the world.

President Barack Obama called the author and Nobel Peace Prize laureate "the conscience of the world."

Related: Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate, Holocaust Survivor and 'Night' Author, Dies at 87

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wiesel "served as a ray of light."

"The state of Israel and the Jewish people express sorrow over the death of Elie Wiesel. Elie, a master of words, gave expression to the victory of the human spirit over cruelty and evil with his unusual personality and captivating stories.

"In the darkness of the Holocaust when our brothers and sisters perished — the six million — Elie Wiesel served as a ray of light and an example of humanity that believes in the goodness of man.

Elie's prolific creations do not just reflect the Holocaust but also the hope and optimism against the darkness of Auschwitz. Jerusalem — the eternal capital of Israel — represented to him our ability to rise from the bottom and reach new heights. I am grateful for the honor I had of knowing Elie and learning so much from him. On behalf of all Israelis citizens, Sara and I send out condolences to his wife Marion and the Wiesel family. May [his] memory be blessed forever."

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said: "Tonight we bid farewell to a hero of the Jewish People, and a giant of all humanity."

"Elie Wiesel, of blessed memory, embodied the determination of the human spirit to overcome the darkest of evils, and survive against all the odds. His life was dedicated to the fight against all hatred, and for the sake of man as created in the image of God — he was a guide for us all."

"One of the Jewish people's greatest sons, who touched the hearts of so many, and helped us to believe in forgiveness, in life, and in the eternal bond of the Jewish people. May his memory be a blessing, everlastingly engraved in the heart of the nation."

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