Simon Wiesenthal has died

Simon Wiesenthal, 96, the controversial Nazi hunter who pursued hundreds of war criminals after World War II and was central to preserving the memory of the Holocaust for more than half a century, died today in Vienna, Austria, his base of operations. (Link)

Rest in peace. Your work will not be forgotten.


  1. Ack. I can't believe I did that.


  2. If we didn't make blunders, the world would be a booooring place. Keep up the great work, Orac!

  3. Anyone who tirelessly devotes their existence to finding and bringing war criminals (especially those of the Nazi variety) to justice deserves a Medal of Honor in my book (or maybe a Nobel Peace Prize). We will surely mourn his passing but can take small comfort in the fact that the last remnants of Hitler's regime will soon succumb to old age.

    Too bad the facism they stood for seems more than a little reluctant to do the same.

  4. Aside from his post-war investigative and justice work, he wrote one of the most challenging works to come out of a deeply challenging period: The Sunflower, in which he confronts the problem of forgiveness. I used it as a teaching tool a few years back, and I wish I had more opportunities to do that, still.


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