Elie Wiesel was surely one of the greatest men of his generation. He was a Nobel laureate and author whose worked touched the conscience of the world. He turned the story of his personal suffering and loss into a cry from the heart that transcended his own pain and became a symbol for the pain of every oppressed person. He stood boldly against tyranny and the kind of random murder of innocents and hatred that has become all too common in our world.
While his work and his writing had universal implications, he understood better than anyone the particular meaning of the Holocaust for his people, the Jewish people and was always there whenever the Jewish people or his beloved State of Israel were being attacked or threatened.
He was revered by his people and beloved by all who oppose hatred, racism and discrimination. His life was a Kiddush Hashem, a sanctification of God's name. His voice will be sorely missed especially at this difficult moment in the life of our country and our Jewish people.
His memory will always be a blessing.