WIESENTHAL, SIMON (1908-2005)
Austrian Jewish Holocaust survivor; Nazi hunter and author.
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Wiesenthal survived the Janowska concentration camp (late 1941-44), the Krakow-Plaszow concentration camp (September-October 1944), the Gross-Rosen concentration camp, a death march to Chemnits, Buchenwald, and the Mauthausen-Giusen concentration camp (February-May 1945). After the war he dedicatd his life to tracking down and gathering information on fugitive Nazi war criminals that they might be brought to trial. In 1947 he co-founded the Jewish Historical Documentation Centre in Linz, Austria. In 1961 in Vienna he opened the Documentation Centre of the Association of Jewish Victims of the Nazi Regime. He played a small role in locating Adolf Eichmann and worked closely with the Austrian justice ministry in preparing a dossier on Franz Stangl who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1971. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, located in Los Angeles, is named in his honor.