Posted on July 2, 2016 at 1:10 pm
Haaretz announced that Elie Wiesel died today, Saturday, July 2 at the age of 87. Saturday is the Jewish Sabbath when Orthodox Jews are prohibited from any kind of work. The article did not give any indication of how, why, where but is a long history of his life and “achievements.”
His death was announced by a spokesman for Israel’s Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem on Saturday. “Yad Vashem mourns the passing of Elie Wiesel-Holocaust survivor, Nobel laureate, renowned author,” the museum said on Twitter.
The New York Times writes that Wiesel “died at his home in Manhattan” and that “Menachem Rosensaft, a longtime friend and the founding chairman of the International Network of Children of Jewish Survivors, confirmed the death in a phone call.”
NBC News wrote:
Tributes for Wiesel immediately started pouring in Saturday, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling him a “beacon of light to the humanity of people who believed in the good of everyone.”
The World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said in a statement that Wiesel “was more than a revered writer. He was also a teacher for many of us. He taught us about the horrors of Auschwitz. He taught us about Judaism, about Israel, and about not being silent in the face of injustice.”
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who a few months ago gave Wiesel the medal of Honorary Citizen of Jerusalem, said of the author: “Instead of giving in to despair, the face of evil and cruelty that at the time was the darkest of humanity, he carried all the way through the message of tolerance and peace for all peoples of the world.”
And on and on it will continue.
My question is: Will he be buried in Israel? We will know fairly soon.