Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, who was the Andrew Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Boston University, has died. He was 87.
Wiesel is known for his written work and his championing of continuing Holocaust education. Night, his most famous novel, has been translated into 30 languages and has sold millions of copies since published in 1958. He won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1986.
Wiesel worked at BU as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities from 1976 through present day. He was also a University Professor.
Boston University’s Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies was named for him and was created in his honor. The center “offers interdisciplinary programs in Jewish studies on the undergraduate and graduate levels” and strives “to maintain [Wiesel’s] legacy of excellent teaching and scholarship,” according to the center’s website.