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20 September 2005

The conscience of the Holocaust

Simon Wiesenthal has died.

A survivor of five of the infamous Nazi death camps, Wiesenthal devoted his subsequent life to tracking down the shadowy figures who controlled them, and to taking on the revisionists who insist that it never really happened.

In a 1999 interview with the Associated Press, Wiesenthal said:

The most important thing I have done is to fight against forgetting and to keep remembrance alive. It is very important to let people know that our enemies are not forgotten.

In an era of short attention spans, Simon Wiesenthal had the longest memory of all. He was ninety-six years old when he died in his sleep at his Vienna home today.

Meryl Yourish has a roundup of news reports and reaction.

(With thanks to Rachel.)

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