Simon Wiesenthal: 1908-2005


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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1 Tré 09.25.05 at 5:17 PM

Honestly, The Gazette has to be the shame of English Montreal with its tabloid-style journalism and bad grammar. Their Saturday obituaries included an article on Simon Wiesenthal’s funeral entitled “‘The conscience of the West’ is laid to rest.” Is it me, or does this sound like a lame slogan or the beginning of an equally lame poem? The sentiment is correct, but I think Mr. Wiesenthal deserves better than a junior editor’s attempts at poetry.


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