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Justin Trudeau honours Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel

In this April 29, 2013 file photo, Elie Wiesel speaks at the 20th anniversary of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Wiesel, the Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor has died. His death was announced Saturday, July 2, 2016 by Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.
In this April 29, 2013 file photo, Elie Wiesel speaks at the 20th anniversary of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Wiesel, the Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor has died. His death was announced Saturday, July 2, 2016 by Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file

Many Canadians are mourning the death of Nobel laureate, Holocaust survivor, and author Elie Wiesel.

On social media, prominent Canadian politicians paid tribute to Wiesel, who was an advocate for victims of violence and oppression.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted, “Elie Wiesel spent his life in service to humanity, keeping the memory of the Holocaust’s horror alive. It is for us all to carry this torch.”

Former prime minister Stephen Harper said he was “profoundly saddened” to hear that Wiesel died at the age of 87.

Harper said the world has lost a brilliant voice for “human dignity.”

READ MORE: Wiesel wrote more than 40 books about Holocaust, his life 

The Romanian-born Wiesel is best known for his first book “Night” which told the story of his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.

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His death was announced Saturday but no further details were immediately available.

With files from The Associated Press

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