September 20, 2005

Simon Wiesenthal dies aged 96

Famed nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal has died in Vienna aged 96. The BBC credits him with bringing over 1,000 nazi war criminals to justice. Both the Beeb and the Guardian quote him as having said that
When history looks back, I want people to know the Nazis weren't able to kill millions of people and get away with it.
What I heard on Radio 4 this morning was significantly different. Wiesenthal made a clear reference to war criminals of the future not getting away with it.

Sad then that his organisation in Los Angeles has become one of Israel's main defenders in America with campaigns against a British ambassador to Israel for likening Gaza to a detention centre (they called it holocaust denial) and against Ken Livingstone for likening a reporter to a concentration camp guard (they called it holocaust denial). Oh, lest we forget, they supported the candidacy of Hitler apologist Arnold Schwarzenegger after he donated $2,000,000 to their coffers. I'm guessing that the man himself was well away from the organisation by the time of all that stuff.

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