Dutch tributes to Simon Wiesenthal

20th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — A great man has passed, the Centre for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI) in The Hague said on Tuesday on hearing the news that Simon Wiesenthal has died.

20 September 2005

AMSTERDAM — A great man has passed, the Centre for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI) in The Hague said on Tuesday on hearing the news that Simon Wiesenthal has died.

"The man strived for justice and not revenge, despite his own experiences in the war and the loss of his family in concentration camps, CIDI director Ronny Naftaniel said on Tuesday.

Wiesenthal worked tirelessly to ensure the horror of the Holocaust was not forgotten. A Jew born in 1908 in what is now Ukraine, he dedicated himself to tracking down Nazi leaders and lecturing about the Nazis' horrific crimes.

He helped bring over 1,000 Nazi fugitives to justice in the last six decades. His most famous success was the capture of Adolf Eichmann, the head of the Nazis' genocide programme.

Friesian journalist and Nazi hunter Jack Kooistra (74) described Wiesenthal as a great inspiration for his own mission.

"The man conducted great work; he was the most important person involved in tracking down war criminals. He was the greatest of the great and was a very far above every else," Kooistra said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news + Simon Wiesenthal

0 Comments To This Article