Wiesenthal was 'a great hero for freedom': Bush

22nd September 2005, Comments 0 comments

22 September 2005, WASHINGTON - U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday praised the late Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal as a hero who "seared the horror of the Holocaust" into the world's collective memory.

22 September 2005

WASHINGTON - U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday praised the late Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal as a hero who "seared the horror of the Holocaust" into the world's collective memory.

Wiesenthal was "a great hero for freedom" who "insisted that we remember that hatred prepares the way for violence," Bush told an audience of Jewish Republicans in Washington.

He warned that anti-Semitism remains alive, more than 60 years after Nazi Germany organized the mass killing of 6 million Jews during World War II.

"And the best way we can honour Simon Wiesenthal's memory is to expose and confront anti-Semitism wherever it is found," he said.

"By condemning this hatred at home and abroad, we stand with the victims of the Shoah and declare to the world: Never again," said Bush, using the Hebrew word for the Holocaust.

Wiesenthal died Tuesday in Vienna, Austria, at age 96. He played a key role in hunting down more than 1,000 Nazis after the war - notably the notorious Holocaust co-organizer Adolf Eichmann, who was captured, tried and executed by Israel.

Wiesenthal is to be buried in Israel on Friday.

DPA

Subject: German news

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