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Wiesel to be "Sir"

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-10-09

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel

Concentration camp survivor and writer Elie Wiesel is to get an honorary knighthood from the British government in November in recognition of his contribution to Holocaust education in the UK.

He will receive his knighthood from Margaret Beckett, Foreign Secretary at the Foreign Office in Westminster on November 30 and then be guest of honour at a special dinner hosted by Yad Vashem UK.

The honorary knighthood comes 20 years after his Noble Prize for Peace in 1986.

Born in 1928 in Romania, Wiesel survived both Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps and is the author of over 30 books.

"I am grateful for the honour and hope it will help us serve the noble and urgent cause of remembrance," said Wiesel.

Yad Vashem UK paid tribute to Wiesel and in the way he is now being recognised. "Elie Wiesel's life has been dedicated to keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive and we are thrilled that the British Government has recognised his unique and far reaching contribution in the UK," said Jeffrey Pinnick, chairman of Yad Vashem UK. "No other individual has played such an influential role in ensuring that the next generation can learn from the lessons of the Holocaust. Yad Vashem UK feels privileged to work alongside such an inspirational and exceptional individual."