Wiesenthal with a group of
Boy Scouts in Buczacz, Poland.
Only one of these boys
survived the Holocaust.
Simon Wiesenthal was one of
the lucky few who survived the Nazi death camps of World War
II. Unlike many other survivors however, Mr. Wiesenthal did
not return to his pre-War profession as an architect, but instead
became the world famous Nazi hunter, the conscience and voice
for not only the Holocaust's 6,000,000 Jewish victims but for
the millions of others who were murdered by the Nazis as well.
When asked why he chose his unique course, Wiesenthal explains,
"When history looks back I want people to know the Nazis
weren't able to kill millions of people and get away with it."
His work stands as a reminder and a warning for future generations.
Wiesenthal at the opening
of the Museum of Tolerance, 1993.
In November 1977, the Simon
Wiesenthal Center was founded. Today, together with its world
renowned Museum of Tolerance, it is a 400,000 member strong
international center for Holocaust remembrance, the defense
of human rights and the Jewish people. With offices throughout
the world, the Wiesenthal Center carries on the continuing fight
against bigotry and antisemitism and pursues an active agenda
of related contemporary issues. "I have received many honors
in my lifetime," said Mr. Wiesenthal. "When I die,
these honors will die with me. But the Simon Wiesenthal Center
will live on as my legacy."
biography of Simon Wiesenthal
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