Simon Wiesenthal, the greatest Nazi-hunter of the 20th century, died last night, in his sleep, in Vienna. He was 96, and a survivor of twelve Nazi death camps during World War II. Eighty-nine of Simon Wiesenthal's relatives were among the millions of Jews who died in the Holocaust.
In the decades after the war, biographers said he brought some 1100 Nazi war criminals to justice. He helped track down Adolf Eichmann, Hitler's lead implementer of the "final solution," who was abducted in Argentina and hanged in Israel.
"The most important thing I have done is to fight against forgetting," Wisenthal said in 1999.
Hear about the work and mission of Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal.
Rhonda Barad, Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center
Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center
Martin Mendelson, attorney and friend of Simon Wiesenthal
This program aired on September 20, 2005.