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The True Golem Finally Passes: Wiesenthal Dead At 97 Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Photo courtesy of Wiesenthal Center

A young Polish architect, weighing about 90 pounds was found by U.S. soldiers, almost dead, at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria in 1945. As his health returned, he began preparing information for the U.S. on Nazis he had encountered and others. He prepared files and detailed dossiers. He worked for the OSS and the Central Intelligence Corps. After his work with them was done, he began working to gather information for law enforcement to begin going after Nazis and did so for the rest of his life. He nailed Adolph Eichmann and many other Nazi fugitives over the decades. He wasn't able to stop the Nazis during the war itself, but he certainly sought vengence during his later years. He even captured Karl Silberbauer, the man known to have arrested a now legendary 14 year-old-girl named Anne Frank.

A golem was a mythical creature from Budapest in Hungary. It was made of earth and the legend goes that it would help protect the Jews in their times of peril. Many during the war wondered where it might be. Simon Wiesenthal became a sort of golem but tracking down so many people known for committing such heinous crimes that have gone down in history as crimes of true evil.

Wiesenthal wasn't a hero. He was man troubled by nightmares during his waking hours, who, between he and his wife, lost 89 relatives including parents, cousins, aunts, uncles and many others. He was a man though...a man who sought justice and to paraphrase him, "even if I don't get all the Nazis, they will fall asleep every night wondering whether or not Wiesenthal would be there when they awoke."

To learn more about Simon Wiesenthal, please check out the link above.

posted by Stithmeister @ 11:36 PM

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At 8:54 PM, Blogger Cynicus said...
You know, this is the kind of comment that could really get me in trouble, but anyway:

The Nazis screwed themselves. They ran Jews through the Holocaust and turned them into Israelis. Future persecuters will find an unsustainable loss rate of their Gestapo.

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At 9:31 PM, Blogger Daniel S. said...
As a Jew myself, I was saddened of his passing

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