Elie Wiesel passed away, aged 87, on 2 July, 2016. Born in Sighet, Romania in 1928, Wiesel was deported along with his family to Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944. After the death of his mother and sister, Wiesel and his father were moved to Buchenwald Concentration where his father later died. Wiesel survived to see the camp liberated by US forces in April 1944.For ten years after the war Wiesel refused to share his experiences of the Holocaust. He reconsidered after meeting French Nobel Laureate Francois Mauriac, who believed it was important that he share his experiences. Wiesel spent the rest of his life drawing attention to genocide and racism. He founded the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity in 1986. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, the Nobel Committee describing him as "one of the most important spiritual leaders and guides in an age when violence, repression and racism continue to characterize the world."