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He’s ranked number four in a list of the world’s most wanted and notorious Nazi war criminals. But – all together now – that doesn’t mean he’s not a nice person, right?

Milivoj Asner caused a stir just by showing up at a soccer game: The frail 95-year-old is ranked No. 4 on a leading list of most-wanted Nazi war crimes suspects.

Now Austria’s most notorious far-right politician, former Freedom Party leader Joerg Haider, has touched off an even bigger scandal by praising Asner as a “treasured” neighbor who should be allowed to live out his days in peace.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre, and some private citizens, are fighting a battle to have Asner extradited to Croatia, but so far, the Austrian government has been holding out. Cases like these are more important than ever for their symbolic value, as more people in the world sadly start to subscribe to the lies that are replacing the truth that too few are alive anymore to tell.

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Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal, who became the most famous Nazi-hunter of all time and was personally responsible for bringing over 1,100 Nazi war criminals to whatever the closest approximation of “justice” could be, has died at the age of 96.

Wiesenthal took on the task of hunting down former Nazis at a time when nobody else would. He started off working alone. Today, his organization, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, is a major NGO dedicated to combatting worldwide antisemitism.

Simon Wiesenthal is proof that one person can make an enormous difference. He may be gone but his legacy will endure for a very long time.

By the way, Canadians looking to make a contribution to the Center can use this link.

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Yom Hashoah

04.28.2003

Today is Yom Hashoah, the official Holocaust Remembrance Day. It’s a day to take a moment and reflect. A day to light a candle in remembrance of the six million. This is what the US Holocaust Memorial Museum says about Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day is a day that has been set aside for remembering […]

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