RIP Elie Wiesel: Photos to Remember the Nobel Laureate

Elie Wiesel died on July 2 at the age of 87, but he left behind a legacy of words. Wiesel was many things. He was a Nobel Laureate, winning the Nobel Peace Prize. He survived the Holocaust and lived to tell of its brutality and be the voice for the humanity of those who were lost. He was a humanitarian, who spoke to presidents and world leaders. He was an author, who vividly described the suffering in the Nazi concentration camps. He was a Nazi hunter who helped track down war criminals. He survived two concentration camps, Auschwitz and Buchenwald. "Elie Wiesel, of blessed memory, embodied the determination of the human spirit to overcome the darkest of evils, and survive against all the odds," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement, according to NPR. Wiesel's mother, younger sister, and father all died in the concentration camps after being taken there from their home in Romania. He was born into a religious Jewish family. After the Holocaust, he was ill, and was taken to France with a group of orphans, said Haaretz. For a time, he was a foreign correspondent for an Israeli newspaper. He was a political activist, a professor, and always a champion of humanity. Some of his greatest quotes refer to indifference: "Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil." He created the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity to urge humanity to reject hatred and stand against suffering. In his book Night, Elie Wiesel said, “For in the end, it is all about memory, its sources and its magnitude, and, of course, its consequences.” Wiesel was a pensive man with a deep sense of humanity's potential and humanity's risk of indifference. He spent his life trying to make sure people were not indifferent. (Facebook/Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity)