The world has lost a truly special human being.

We were saddened to learn that Holocaust survivor and author Eli Wiesel passed away on Saturday, July 2. Eli died at the age of 87 in his home in Manhattan.

Perhaps the most famed Holocaust survivor, Elie was forced into Auschwitz during World War II. Afterwards, he went on to write numerous books, plays, and essays, including his most acclaimed work, Night, which sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

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He was also a noted speaker, for which he was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 1986. According to the New York Times, his prize citation stated, “Wiesel is a messenger to mankind. His message is one of peace, atonement and human dignity. His belief that the forces fighting evil in the world can be victorious is a hard-won belief.”

While Eli is gone, his memory will certainly live on forever through his written works, eloquent words, and his ability to vocalize the horrors of the Holocaust that so many others were unable to put into words. And of course, he will always be remembered for his unbelievable and unwavering ability to believe in good, even in the face of such evil.  He will truly be missed.

To learn more about Eli Wiesel, his life, and his work, please head over to The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity here.

Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.

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