Manhattan street corner named after Elie Wiesel

Southwest corner of 84th Street and Central Park West named after late Nobel peace laureate Elie Wiesel.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel

New York on Tuesday renamed a Manhattan street corner after Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor, Nobel peace laureate and humanitarian who passed away last year.

The southwest corner of 84th Street and Central Park West on the Upper West Side was permanently renamed "Elie Wiesel Way" at a ceremony attended by city officials, reported AFP.

Wiesel, who was considered "the world's leading spokesman on the Holocaust," is remembered for his life's work in keeping alive the memory of the genocide of six million Jews during World War II.

"His indelible faith in humanity is an everlasting example of courage and tolerance. His words serve as a beacon of hope against fear and oppression in uncertain times," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday.

Born in Romania, Wiesel became a U.S. citizen and died at his home in Manhattan on July 2, 2016 at the age of 87.

In 1956, he published in Yiddish the internationally acclaimed memoir "Night" detailing his experiences in Nazi death camps. It has been translated into more than 30 languages and sold 10 million copies.

Arrested during the Holocaust as a teenager, his mother and younger sister were gassed at Auschwitz. His father died at Buchenwald, where Wiesel was freed by U.S. soldiers at the age of 16.

He was later reunited with his two older sisters in France, and studied at the Sorbonne university in Paris.

Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, and later he and his wife founded The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity with a mission to "combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs."

In September of 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a resolution honoring the life and work of Wiesel.

The resolution “reaffirms Elie Wiesel’s efforts to preserve the memory of those who perished and prevent the recurrence of another Holocaust, to combat hate and intolerance in any manifestation, and to never forget and also learn from the lessons of history.”