Elie Wiesel Dead: Reactions, Tributes from World Leaders, Public Figures, Celebrities

July 3, 2016

The death of Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Laureate, author and Holocaust survivor, at age 87 has brought forth a worldwide reaction on Twitter and other social media. World leaders, public figures, and celebrities are paying tribute. Here’s what’s being said.

Elie Wiesel

As the world learned of his death at age 87 on Saturday, July 2, the reaction was instantaneous on social media, a collective gasp of sadness and grief over what we know is an inestimable loss. We often speak of icons and legends and heros to the point that they’ve become almost meaningless as distinguishers. But he was all of these and much more.

The Romanian-born Elie Wiesel survived the Auschwitz concentration camp under Hitler’s Nazi Germany and many first learned of him through his memoir ‘Night’ recounting that unfathomable experience. He went on to build a legacy as one of the most powerful symbols of humanity at his finest; his compassion, his shining example of what we all can become.

He was the 1986 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and in the thirty years since he continued to live his legacy as an unswerving advocate for human rights and freedom. He was also one of the co-founders of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. With his life and his work he intoned the world to never forget. As he himself said, “to forget the dead is akin to killing them a second time.”

Now that he himself as passed away, many took to social media not just to offer the usual condolences and tributes of but to implore that we all remember the legacy, and to remember that his mission is our collective mission. Here’s a roundup of what’s being said.

Reactions to the death of the Elie Wiesel are ongoing, and they will be for some time. While social media trends may come and go, the world has paused to remember the man and his courageous example.

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