Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Simon Wiesenthal obm

Simon Wiesenthal at the Kotel

I have just seen the news that Simon Wiesenthal, a man who dedicated his life to seeing Nazi murderers brought to justice, has passed away at the age of 96.

From the press release of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre:
"Simon Wiesenthal was the conscience of the Holocaust," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the International Human Rights NGO named in Mr. Wiesenthal’s honor, adding, "When the Holocaust ended in 1945 and the whole world went home to forget, he alone remained behind to remember. He did not forget. He became the permanent representative of the victims, determined to bring the perpetrators of the history’s greatest crime to justice. "

I had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles a few years ago and, like all the projects of the Wiesenthal Centre, was extremely informative and presented in a truly professional way. This museum is not just a holocaust museum but aims to educate its visitors in the meaning and consequences of racism.

You can read a short biography of Wiesenthal here.

News stories from YNet and Haaretz are also worth reading.