Friday, September 23, 2005

Simon Wiesenthal

It's funny...I tend to think that people that are famous for the good deeds they have done, for bringing people to justice, for making the world a happier and safet place, are remarkable people for those reasons. I take it for granted that that was their life's mission, and never really think about their motivations for doing so, or the path that lead them towards their big successes.
Simon Wiesenthal survived the Nazi death camps, and then dedicated his life to seeking out Nazi war criminals and bringing them to justice. The evidence collected by him was used to track down, capture, and punish these war criminals.
Wiesenthal used to say: "When history looks back, I want people to know the Nazis weren´t able to kill millions of people and get away with it.¨
Simon Wiesenthal died peacefully in his sleep on September 20, 2005. His funeral took place in Herzliya, Israel. It was an honour to attend such a noble man's funeral. Many diplomats and politicians arrived from Germany, Australia, the United States, Israel, and more. While listening to eulogies, I learned that Simon Wiesenthal had to fight to accomplish his mission. People did not want to cooperate at first, people wanted to forget the Holocaust. He never let go of his goal. This is the side of a hero people always forget...it is what makes him even more respectable. He fought for truth and justice when no one else would.

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