Simon Wiesenthal


Austrian Holocaust Survivor, Hunter of Nazi War Criminals

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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.

Violence is like a weed--it does not die even in the greatest drought.

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances - to choose one's own way.

You're a religious man. You believe in God and life after death. I also believe. When we come to the other world and meet the millions of Jews who died in the camps and they ask us, 'What have you done?' there will be many answers. You will say, 'I became a jeweler.' Another will say, 'I smuggled coffee and American cigarettes.' Still another will say, 'I built houses,' but I will say, 'I didn't forget you.'

I found hundreds of people all over Germany who worked there (as) guards or (who) were somehow involved in Auschwitz, that was in 2003 ? people were very old then, and I don?t know how many of them will be alive at the moment.

That we must never forgive would seem to follow from the same stern logic. For if we forgive, it will be a sign to those in the future that they can act without fear of punishment, and that the world has a moral escape valve labeled 'forgiveness' that permits evil not only to survive but to thrive... Forgiveness becomes a 'weak' virtue, one that Christians seem particularly prone to champion, and one that always carries the possibility of condoning, rather than constricting, the spread of evil.

The history of man is the history of crimes, and history can repeat. So information is a defense. Through this we can build, we must build, a defense against repetition.

Anne Frank became a symbol of the million murdered children, and I tell it to the father of Anne Frank, the diary of his daughter had a bigger impact than the Nuremberg trial.

I didn't forget you.

Technology without hatred can be a blessing. Technology with hatred is always a disaster.

We thought we were going mad, ... Perhaps we feared (or hoped) we were mad already.

Anyone who denies the crimes and genocide of the past is opening up the way for the murders of the future.

I don't think there is any other solution than constantly coming to terms with the past, and learning from it. There is no point in minimizing guilt in order to make it easier for sons and daughters to bear the failure of their fathers and grandfathers, their mothers and grandmothers.

That... is why the neo-Nazis had to do anything they could to question its authenticity.

What connects two thousand years of genocide? Too much power in too few hands.

As a believer that all of us are accountable before our creator, I have always believed that when my life is over, I shall meet up with those who perished, and they will ask me, What have you done? At that moment, I will have the honor of telling them; I have never forgotten you.

I have lost my mother, my father, my five, and ninety relatives in Poland. Poland is for me a cemetery.

The combination of hatred and technology is the greatest danger threatening mankind.

When history looks back, I want people to know that the Nazis could not kill millions of people with impunity.

Camaraderie ends when crime begins.

I have never stated that 'there were no extermination camps on German soil.' This quote is false, I could never have said such a thing.

The end was surely near, ... The Nazis killed you only when you were naked, because they knew, psychologically, that naked people never resist.

When history looks back, I want people to know the Nazis weren't able to kill millions of people and get away with it.

Come, let us do honor to the man who has always honored us.

I have received many honors in my lifetime... When I die, these honors will die with me. But the Simon Wiesenthal Center will live on as my legacy.

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Austrian Holocaust Survivor, Hunter of Nazi War Criminals