Wednesday, September 21, 2005

SIMON WIESENTHAL

A survivor of five Nazi concentration camps before and during World War II, Simon Wiesenthal vowed to bring as many perpetrators of war crimes against his fellow Jews to justice as possible. Wiesenthal did not rest after the initial war crimes trials and the softening of the West toward former Nazi collaborators as the Cold War set in. He pursued all possible leads and was responsible for bringing to justice many Nazis who tried to hide around the world, including Adolph Eichmann. Wiesenthal, who died peacefully at age 96 yesterday, leaves a legacy of a pursuit of justice and a vigilance against hidden hatred.

Here are a few memorable Wiesenthal quotes:

"Hatred can be nurtured anywhere, idealism can be perverted into sadism anywhere. If hatred and sadism combine with modern technology the inferno could erupt anew anywhere."

"Violence is like a weed - it does not die even in the greatest drought."

"Survival is a privilege which entails obligations. I am forever asking myself what I can do for those who have not survived."

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