Author, Holocaust survivor, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel died on Saturday at the age of 87. Wiesel’s hugely influential 1955 memoir Night documented his experiences in the Holocaust, notably his time at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Wiesel subsequently spent much of his life working to keep the memory of the Holocaust from fading. In the wake of his death, the many affected by his work have taken to social media and elsewhere to pay their respects to Wiesel and to reaffirm his message and memory. Read on for the touching tributes.
George Clooney, in a statement: “Unless you’re 88 years old most of us have not lived in a world without Elie Wiesel. We had a champion who carried our pain, our guilt and our responsibility on his shoulders for generations. Now he’s gone. It’s hard to fathom. So I guess it’s up to us now. To fight for the disenfranchised. To speak truth to power and to never forget how cruel man can be to man. In memory of Elie it’s the least we can do. Rest in peace my friend. You brought us this far. We’ll take it from here.”