Mourners pay their respects to the life and legacy of Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel during services at a New York synagogue. Ashraf Fahim reports.
Mourners paid their respects to the life and legacy of Elie Wiesel in New York on Sunday. The Nobel Peace Prize winner survived the Buchenwald concentration to became a lifelong advocate for victims of the Holocaust. Wiesel died at his home in New York City on Saturday at the age of 87. President of the World Jewish Congress Ron Lauder said Wiesel had been unique. (SOUNDBITE)(English) WORLD JEWISH CONGRESS PRESIDENT RON LAUDER, SAYING: "It's a great loss for the Jewish people. It's a great loss for mankind. And he was a unique individual and we will miss him terribly." Wiesel also became an advocate for humanitarian intervention in conflicts such as Bosnia and Rwanda. Rabbi Pery Berkowitz his activism came out of his experience in the Holocaust. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN JEWISH HERITAGE ORGANIZATION, RABBI PERRY BERKOWITZ, SAYING: "He was, more than anything, a witness. He was someone who, because he was a witness felt the call and the challenge to then really do something in the world." Wiesel was a staunch supporter of Israel and critics accused him of having a blind spot on Israel's abuses of Palestinian rights. President Obama issued a statement calling Wiesel "one of the great moral voices of our time."