The ceremony reserved for family and close friends, or just a few dozen people, lasted about an hour and ended around noon (1600 GMT) in a synagogue in the district of the Upper East Side New York, where lived Elie Wiesel.
The burial was to take place in the afternoon in the Jewish section of a cemetery located in Westchester County, north of the State of New York, according to a source close to the organizing the funeral.
“ It was extremely moving, especially when the son and grand-son of Elie Wiesel spoke ,” said writer and professor of cinema specialist Annette Insdorf after the ceremony.
“ It made it very personal loss of a being that existed for everyone “, she added.
During the ceremony, the television journalist Ted Koppel recalled Elie Wiesel “ loved to laugh “, it was always fond of “ good story , “according to Ms. Insdorf.
– ‘living memorial’ –
“ It was very dignified They managed to portray the true personality of Elijah “, that of a man who” humanity respected, who respected people “, described Malovany Beatrice, wife of hazan (person who leads the prayer sung during services) of the synagogue Joseph Malovany.
The disappearance of the famous American Jewish writer was announced Saturday in Jerusalem by the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem.
Since the announcement of his disappearance, tributes poured in from around the world.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised his memory, saying in a statement it was “ a ray of light and an example of humanity that believes in the goodness of Man “.
“ Elie, master of words, expressed by its unique personality and fascinating books the victory of humanity over cruelty and evil “, added the Prime Minister .
US President Barack Obama, with whom he had a book project, “ Elijah was not only the most famous Holocaust survivor, he was a living memorial “. “ His life and the power of his example encourage us to be better .”
French President Francois Hollande welcomed “ the memory of a great humanist, tireless advocate of peace .”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that with the death “ one of the most outstanding personalities of the last century ‘,’ voice of morality and humanity had (has) kills . ”
“ Elie Wiesel has reached out to us to us Germans and worked with us tirelessly to make possible a better world “, she insisted.
He had accompanied Obama and Merkel at the Buchenwald concentration camp site.
“ After that we walked together among the barbed son and watchtowers Buchenwald Elie told me words I have never forgotten – + The memory has become a sacred duty for all men of goodwill + “, said on Saturday Obama.
A survivor of the Nazi death camps, Elie Wiesel has dedicated his life to the memory of the Holocaust and the struggle against indifference, intolerance and injustice.
– ‘Forgetting, group health’ –
“ Forgetting is not a single disease but collective “, he felt . For “ keep forgetting ” of the Holocaust and promoting understanding between peoples, the “ messenger of humanity ” as described the Nobel committee, created the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, with his wife Marion, and the universal Academy of cultures.
Elie Wiesel is committed to many causes, against the Rwandan genocide or ethnic massacres in Bosnia in particular, because he had vowed “ always, wherever a human being would be persecuted (it would still do) not silent . ”
Born September 30, 1928 in Sighet in Romania (then Transylvania), in a poor family, Elie Wiesel was deported 15 years in the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, where his mother and younger sister are murdered. His father died before him to Buchenwald, where they were transferred.
On leaving the camp in 1945, he was raised in France by the OSE (Jewish relief work for children) and saw up to 28 years. After studying philosophy at the Sorbonne, he became a journalist and writer.
His first novel, “ Night ” (1958), about his memories of deported children, remains the most famous. It will be followed by fifteen others (French, English, Hebrew and Yiddish), three plays and numerous tests.
US citizen since 1963, Elie Wiesel has shared his time between the United States, France and Israel, which had refused the presidency in 2006.