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Secretary-General 'deeply saddened' by death of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel

04 July 2016
Secretary-General 'deeply saddened' by death of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel

On 3 July, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he was «deeply saddened» to learn the passing yesterday of Elie Wiesel, a powerful voice for Holocaust remembrance and long-standing UN Messenger of Peace.

«The world has lost one of its most important witnesses — and one of its most eloquent advocates of tolerance and peace," the UN chief said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.

«As a UN Messenger of Peace since 1998, he called for constant vigilance in combatting anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred,« — Mr. Ban said.

According to the statement, Mr. Wiesel was a regular presence at the UN, including at the first-ever International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and often spoke about his experiences at the Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp and appealed to the world to «reject indifference» in the face of genocide, discrimination and other horrors.

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