The Latest on a private service held for Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, who died at 87 (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Mourners attending a private service for Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel say his death is also a great loss because there's one less Holocaust survivor in the world.

Rabbi Perry Berkowitz called Wiesel's death a "double tragedy," since the world lost someone so "rare and unusual" and that Holocaust survivors are dying out.

Berkowitz, the president of the American Jewish Heritage Organization, had known Wiesel for more than 40 years and worked with him very closely in the 1970s as his assistant.

Friends and family were attending a private service for the "Night" author at Fifth Avenue Synagogue in New York City on Sunday morning.

Wiesel's death was announced Saturday. He was 87.

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10:55 a.m.

Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel is being remembered at a private service in New York City.

Family and friends were gathering Sunday morning at Fifth Avenue Synagogue in the Upper East Side neighborhood of New York City.

A hearse was seen outside the Orthodox Jewish synagogue and mourners were arriving around 10 a.m. Among them was former national director of the Anti-Defamation League Abraham Foxman. Wiesel and his wife Marion were honored by the League with the Jabotinsky Award Courageous Jewish Leadership in 2013.

Wiesel shared the harrowing story of his internment at Auschwitz as a teenager through his classic memoir "Night," one of the most widely read and discussed books of the 20th century.

Wiesel's death was announced Saturday. He was 87.