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A 'great moral voice' - funeral held for holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel

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A 'great moral voice' - funeral held for holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel

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A private funeral has been held at a New York synagogue for World War Two concentration camp survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel.

He died on Saturday, aged 87.

Admirers around the world are honouring his life-long fight for millions of Holocaust victims.

“The world lost a great moral voice, and the Jewish people and Israel have lost a staunch defender. We, the survivors, lost the voice of memory. And I personally have a lost a very special friend,” said Abraham Foxman, a friend of Wiesel.

The Romanian-born Wiesel lived by the credo expressed in “Night,” his landmark story of the Holocaust – “to forget the dead would be akin to killing them for a second time.”

In awarding the Peace Prize in 1986, the Nobel Committee praised him as a “messenger to mankind” and “one of the most important spiritual leaders and guides in an age when violence, repression and racism continue to characterise the world.”

Officials at the Holocaust memorial in Israel have said he was a voice for people everywhere in need of justice.

Wiesel honoured on social media

Condolences from leaders around the world filled social media, with memories of Wiesel demonstrating the triumph of goodness over inconceivable horrors.

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