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Obituaries Simon Wiesenthal 2005

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#1 emsparks

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 05:45 AM

CNN, on Tuesday, September 20, 2005; Posted: 5:27 a.m. EDT (09:27 GMT), said:

Nazi hunter Wiesenthal dead at 96
Holocaust survivor dedicated his life to fighting prejudice

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Simon Wiesenthal, the Holocaust survivor who helped track down Nazi war criminals following World War II and spent the later decades of his life fighting anti-Semitism and prejudice, has died aged 96.


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#2 Godeskian

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 06:03 AM

I have mixed feelings about mr. Wiesenthal, but I greatly respect his dedication. Rest in Peace

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 08:42 AM

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#4 Godeskian

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 09:04 AM

A couple of reasons

Primarily because there are many conflicts between what he said, and what others said. Too much of what he said has either been discredited, exposed as plagiarism, or been wildly inaccurate.

Also, his determination at times had many aspects of zealotry to it, and that always concerns me in someone with a great deal of power, be it personal, political or financial.

The fact that he has gone out of his way to imply that he helped capture Eichmann, while Isser Harel who headed the team that caught him has always denied this. He has refuted pretty much all of Wiesenthal's statements in that regard.

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"All the information supplied by Wiesenthal before and in anticipation of the [Eichmann] operation was utterly worthless, and sometimes even misleading and of negative value."

which is a cite from the nov 12, 1993 issue of Forward

He has either lied, or misremembered details about Mengele, Eichmann Frank Walus and others. He has claimed that people were killed in camps who later turned out alive, and claimed a former campmate saw mengele, when the woman in question had never been interred.

I don't deny that he did good during his work, but his track record leaves me with a lot of doubt.

Edited by Godeskian, 20 September 2005 - 09:04 AM.

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#5 Zwolf

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 09:08 AM

He fought the good fight for a very long time, and fought it hard.  May he rest in peace now, but may the fight go on.

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#6 QueenTiye

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 11:46 AM

God speed your journey Mr. Wiesenthal.

The Wiesenthal Center has the NY Tolerance Center in NYC which does tolerance training projects for such groups as firefighters and the police, as well as others. I don't know about the claims being made, but when a person lives his or her life such as to inspire others to become more appreciative of the humanity of others, they've done their service in life, I believe.

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 12:21 PM

QueenTiye, on Sep 20 2005, 08:46 AM, said:

God speed your journey Mr. Wiesenthal.

The Wiesenthal Center has the NY Tolerance Center in NYC which does tolerance training projects for such groups as firefighters and the police, as well as others. I don't know about the claims being made, but when a person lives his or her life such as to inspire others to become more appreciative of the humanity of others, they've done their service in life, I believe.

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 12:40 PM

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