Warsaw – In recognition of his efforts to reveal the full evil of the Holocaust and defend human dignity, a spokeswoman for a Catholic university in southern Poland says it has bestowed an honorary doctorate on Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. ┬áMonika Wiertek, spokeswoman for the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, told The Associated Press on Friday that the university Senate voted unanimously this week to honor the 86-year-old Wiesel.

A survivor of Auschwitz and other Nazi German death camps, Wiesel received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. He writes and lectures to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.

Wiertek could not say when or where the awarding ceremony will take place.