The Latest: Elie Wiesel’s wife grateful for support


NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the death of Elie Wiesel, a Nobel laureate and Romanian-born Holocaust survivor known as one of the world’s foremost humanitarians (all times local):

10:45 p.m.

The wife of Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel says she’s grateful for the outpouring of support that has come after his passing.

Marion Wiesel said in a statement Saturday that her husband was a fighter who waged countless battles for innocent victims.

She says he fought for the memory of six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust and to protect innocent victims without regard for their ethnicity.

But she says he was truly passionate about teaching college students.

His death was announced Saturday by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. No other details were immediately available. Wiesel was 87.

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4:30 p.m.

Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has died.

His death was announced Saturday by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. No other details were immediately available. Wiesel was 87.

Wiesel shared his harrowing story of encampment at Auschwitz as a teenager through his classic memoir “Night,” one of the most widely read and discussed books of the 20th century.

He was freed in 1945, but only after his mother, father and one sister had all died in Nazi camps. Two other sisters survived. He went on to write many other books, lecture worldwide and become a living reminder of the Nazis’ atrocities.

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