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This is why Elie Wiesel was important

Elie Wiesel, who died this past Saturday, is a noted writer, Nobel Prize winner, and holocaust survivor. Wiesel's most infamous work, and first book, "Night," published in 1960, gave a powerful voice to the concentration camp survivors of the Holocaust.

He once said, when receiving his Nobel Peace Prize:

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides.

"Night" was published originally in 1960, and has been translated into 30 different languages and read by millions. You may have even read it in school (it was required reading for lots of students).

Wiesel will be remembered for his his deep and profound words that shaped the narrative of Jews living through the Holocaust and inspired millions of people across the world.

He famously said:

"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, but indifference between life and death."

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This is why Elie Wiesel was important

Allison Hollender

Allison is originally from Fresno, California, but made her way to the beautiful Central Coast, where she is a student at UC Santa Cruz, earning a degree in both history and politics, working as a reporter for City on a Hill Press, and guzzling gallons of coffee. She is a lover of television and all things Amy Poehler. Follow her embarrassing attempts at jokes on Twitter @alleyrenee16.

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