Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor, renowned writer and Nobel peace laureate who worked to keep alive the memory of Jews slaughtered during World War II, has died, Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust centre said on Saturday. Romanian-born Wiesel was perhaps best known for his major role in promoting Holocaust education, and for perpetuating the memory of the Holocaust in the post-World War II era with his memoir Night, based on his experience as a teenager in the Auschwitz concentration camp, Israel's Haaretz newspaper said. Wiesel was 87, and had been living in the United States, where he became a citizen in 1963.
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