UN chief "deeply saddened" by death of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel

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Elie Wiesel, UN Messenger of Peace and Nobel Laureate, addresses the annual UN Department of Public Information (DPI) Student Youth Conference, on 17 September 2010, at United Nations Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he was "deeply saddened" by the death on Saturday of Elie Wiesel.

Mr Wiesel, who survived the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Germany and who won a Nobel peace prize reportedly died at his home in the United States aged 87.

Daniel Dickinson has more.

Elie Wiesel was born in Romania in 1928. He was deported at age 15 with his family to the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz after his home-town was annexed by Hungary.

His mother and sister died in Auschwitz; his father starved to death in another camp, but he and two other sisters survived.

Mr Wiesel wrote about his experience at the death camp and dedicated his life to ensuring the atrocities committed under the Nazis were never forgotten.

In a statement, the UN chief Ban Ki-moon described him as a "powerful voice" for Holocaust remembrance and a long-standing UN Messenger of Peace who called for constant vigilance in combatting anti-Semitism and "other forms of hatred."

A frequent visitor to the UN, Mr Ban said that Elie Wiesel turned the "nightmare of his youth into a lifelong campaign for global equality and peace."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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