Nazi war criminals hunter Simon Wiesenthal dies at 96

[JURIST] Simon Wiesenthal, an Austrian Holocaust survivor who helped to track down over 1,000 Nazi war criminals after World War II, including Adolf Eichmann and the policeman who arrested Anne Frank, died in his sleep at age 96 Tuesday. Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and dean of the Los-Angeles based Simon Wiesenthal Center [center website] said Wiesenthal, a survivor of five Nazi death camps "became the permanent representative of the victims of the Holocaust, determined to bring the perpetrators of the greatest crime to justice." Wiesenthal lost 89 relatives in the Holocaust and spent over 50 years tracking down 1,100 Nazi war criminals and speaking out against anti-semitism, and has been quoted as saying, "[w]hen history looks back I want people to know the Nazis weren't able to kill millions of people and get away with it." A memorial service for Wiesenthal will be held in Vienna's central cemetery on Wednesday with funeral services in Israel. AP has more. The Simon Wiesenthal Center has a press release on Wiesenthal's death.



 

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