Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel Honored in Upper West Side Street Renaming

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By Tatyana Bellamy-Walker


UPPER WEST SIDE — Mayor de Blasio co-named 84 Street and Central Park West “Elie Wiesel Way” on Tuesday to memorialize the Holocaust survivor and renowned author.

Wiesel, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of Night who penned his experiences as a survivor of a Nazi death camp, died last summer at the age of 87 in his Manhattan home.

During his life, the literary activist denounced war crimes and genocide across the world and was recognized for his humanitarian work. 

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“He preached tolerance of religious minorities, and knew first-hand the experience of being a refugee, and the vulnerability of living in this country without citizenship,” said Council Member Mark Levine of District 7 in Manhattan. “Mr. Wiesel’s ties to New York City were deep.  His family made their home on the Upper West Side for many years, raising their children there and attending a local synagogue. 

Levine added, “Generations to come will remember the man who made ‘never again’ among the most important words uttered in the past century.”

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