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Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, dies at 87

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Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and author who fought for peace, human rights and simple human decency, has died at the age of 87, a spokesman for Israel's Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, said Saturday.

Wiesel, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, recounted his family being sent to the Nazi concentration camps in his first book, "Night," which was published in 1955.

Wiesel was also well known for tracking down war criminals from Nazi Germany in the years after World War II.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded Wiesel as a "master of words."

    "(He) gave expression through his exceptional personality, and fascinating books about the victory of the human spirit over cruelty and evil. In the darkness of the Holocaust in which our brothers and sisters -- six million -- were murdered, Elie Wiesel was a ray of light and greatness of humanity who believed in the good in man," Netanyahu said.

    "I was privileged to know Elie and to learn so much from him."

    CNN's Annie Rose Ramos and Steve Almasy contributed to this.

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