NEW YORK, NY -- World renowned Holocaust survivor, author and Nobel Peace Prize winner - Elie Wiesel has died. He was 87 years old.
At the age of 15, Wiesel had no fears when his family was rounded up by the Nazis.
"To the last minute, I wasn't worried. We had no idea Auschwitz existed," Wiesel said in an old interview. But that feeling changed when he was transported by cattle car with hundreds of others. "I knew something terrible, something terrifying, was in store for us."
He was right because he just arrived at Auschwitz - the extermination camp. An older inmate told him, to tell the Germans he was 18 - a candidate for work. It saved his life.
After the war ended Wiesel became an author. His books gave a first-hand account of the horrors inside the Nazi concentration camps.
He won the Nobel Peace Price in 1986, but Wiesel always said he was a writer and a teacher. He said he never spoke for all the Holocaust victims but served to remind nations to not let it happen again.
"As a teacher, I always believe in questions. The question is will the world ever learn?" he asked in a speech to the United Nations. Unfortunately, it's a question that can only be answered by the history books.