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One World Trade Center lit to honor Elie Wiesel

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Posted at 2:29 PM, Jul 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-03 14:29:09-04

Sunday evening, Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the lights of One World Trade Center to be displayed in the blue and white colors of the Israeli flag, to honor the life of noted author, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel. 

"Today, we mourn the loss of legendary New Yorker, author and activist Elie Wiesel," Governor Cuomo said.

"Elie was born in 1927 in the town of Sighet, and during the Holocaust, when Elie was faced with certain death in the horrors of the Auschwitz concentration camp, he refused to give up the will to live. Elie used his personal story to show the world that the triumph of the human spirit can overcome the face of evil. This became his mission in life. The world will never be the same without him. I extend my deepest condolences to Elie's wife Marion and his son Shlomo Elisha. May Elie's memory forever be a blessing."

The spire of One World Trade Center, which was built as a response to terrorism, will be lit in honor of a man who spent his life fighting hate.