“Three things tell a man: his eyes, his friends and his favorite quotes.”
Simon Wiesenthal (Austrian Activist)
Date of Birth:
December 31, 1908
Date of Death:
September 20, 2005
Simon Wiesenthal was an Austrian-Jewish architectural engineer and Holocaust survivor who became famous after World War II for his work as a Nazi hunter who pursued Nazi war criminals in an effort to bring them to justice.
Following four and a half years in the German concentration camps of Janowska, Plaszow, and Mauthausen during World War II, Wiesenthal dedicated most of his life to tracking down and gathering information on fugitive Nazis so that they could be brought to justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity. As soon as his health improved, Wiesenthal began working for the U.S. Army gathering documentation for the Nazi war crimes trials. In 1947, he and 30 other volunteers founded the Jewish Documentation Center in Linz, Austria, in order to gather information for future trials. Wiesenthal also wrote The Sunflower, which describes a life-changing event he experienced when he was in the camp.