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RiP Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of the memoir Night (Penguin), has died, aged 87.

Wiesel was the author of over 50 works of fiction and nonfiction. He wrote of his memoir Night: ‘If in my lifetime I was to write only one book, this would be the one. Just as the past lingers in the present, all my writings after Night, including those that deal with biblical, Talmudic or Hasidic themes, profoundly bear its stamp, and cannot be understood if one has not read this very first of my works.’

Jeff Seroy, senior vice president of Wiesel’s US publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, said the author ‘introduced millions of students to the atrocities of the Holocaust’. ‘It’s an incredible teaching tool because kids can relate to the protagonist,’ he said.

 

Category: Obituaries