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September 20, 2005

Simon Wiesenthal, ZT”L

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Simon Wiesenthal passed away in Vienna at the age of 96.

From the CNN obituary:

Tuesday, September 20, 2005; Posted: 12:04 p.m. EDT (16:04 GMT)

LOS ANGELES (CNN) — Simon Wiesenthal, the Holocaust survivor who helped track down Nazi war criminals following World War II and spent the later decades of his life fighting anti-Semitism and prejudice, has died aged 96.

In his book “Justice, Not Vengeance,” Wiesenthal wrote: “Survival is a privilege which entails obligations. I am forever asking myself what I can do for those who have not survived.

“The answer I have found for myself (and which need not necessarily be the answer for every survivor) is: I want to be their mouthpiece, I want to keep their memory alive, to make sure the dead live on in that memory.”

Wiesenthal is credited with helping to bring more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice.

“Simon Wiesenthal was the conscience of the Holocaust,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

“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 history’s greatest crime to justice.

“There was no press conference and no president or prime minister or world leader announced his appointment. He just took the job. It was a job no one else wanted.["]

Thanks to Orin Kerr for the pointer.

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