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Simon Wiesenthal

Simon Wiesenthal (1982)
Born (1908-12-31)31 December 1908
Buchach, Kingdom of Galicia, Austria-Hungary
Died 20 September 2005(2005-09-20) (aged 96)
Vienna, Austria
Cause of death Natural causes
Resting place Herzliya, Israel
Nationality Austrian
Occupation Nazi hunter, writer
Known for

Simon Wiesenthal Center
Jewish Historical Documentation Centre
Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies

Spouse(s) Cyla Müller
Children Paulinka Kreisberg
Parent(s) Asher and Rosa Wiesenthal

The end was surely near. The Nazis killed you only when you were naked, because they knew, psychologically, that naked people never resist.
Simon Wiesenthal
Justice for crimes against humanity must have no limitations.
When history looks back, I want people to know that the Nazis could not kill millions of people with impunity.
Simon Wiesenthal
What connects two thousand years of genocide? Too much power in too few hands.
Simon Wiesenthal
God must have been on leave during the Holocaust.
We know that we are not collectively guilty, so how can we accuse any other nation, no matter what some of its people have done, of being collectively guilty?
Simon Wiesenthal
The schools would fail through their silence, the Church through its forgiveness, and the home through the denial and silence of the parents. The new generation has to hear what the older generation refuses to tell it.
Simon Wiesenthal
For your benefit, learn from our tragedy. It is not a written law that the next victims must be Jews. It can also be other people.
Simon Wiesenthal
Violence is like a weed - it does not die even in the greatest drought.
The combination of hatred and technology is the greatest danger threatening mankind.
Simon Wiesenthal
For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.
The history of man is the history of crimes, and history can repeat. So information is a defence. Through this we can build, we must build, a defence against repetition.
Simon Wiesenthal
Technology without hatred can be a blessing. Technology with hatred is always a disaster.
Simon Wiesenthal
Discovering witnesses is just as important as catching criminals.
Humour is the weapon of unarmed people: it helps people who are oppressed to smile at the situation that pains them.
Simon Wiesenthal
Survival is a privilege which entails obligations. I am forever asking myself what I can do for those who have not survived.
Simon Wiesenthal
There is no denying that Hitler and Stalin are alive today… they are waiting for us to forget, because this is what makes possible the resurrection of these two monsters.
Simon Wiesenthal
I know I am not only the bad conscience of the Nazis. I am also the bad conscience of the Jews. Because what I have taken up as my duty was everybody's duty.
Simon Wiesenthal