Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Cartoon #210: “Simon Wiesenthal”

Title: Simon Wiesenthal; Text: (typography illustrated as barbed wire) Nazi Hunt, (normal type) This matter must remain open, because the murderers of tomorrow might be alive today. -Simon Wiesenthal, 1908-2005

Famed Nazi Hunter Simon Wiesenthal, a personal hero of mine, died at the age of 96 on Tuesday, September 19, 2005. He is most famous for helping bring Adolf Eichmann to justice. Wiesenthal helped bring more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to court, including Karl Silberbauer, the Nazi official who arrested Anne Frank, Franz Stangl, the former commandant of the Nazi concentration camp at Treblinka, and Josef Schwammberger, former commander of the Przemysl ghetto.

Since 1977, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Holocaust memorial agency, has promoted awareness of antisemitism, monitored neo-Nazi groups, operated Museums of Tolerance in Los Angeles and Jerusalem and helped bring surviving Nazi war criminals to justice.

May his ever necessary work go on. “For in the final analysis,” concluded Simon Wiesenthal, “the future will be determined not by how many Nazis there will be — or fascists or extreme nationalists or white supremacists — but how many anti-Nazis, people of goodwill, there will be to confront them.”

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