2005-09-30 / Community

State Senator Praises The Life Of Simon Weisenthal

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith praised the life of Holocaust survivor Simon Weisenthal, who passed away Tuesday, September 20 in Vienna, Austria at the age of 96.

“I am pleased that we were able to honor this great man in the Senate Chamber by passing a resolution honoring his courage and accomplishments,” Senator Smith said.

Weisenthal, a survivor of five Nazi death camps, dedicated his life to hunting down Nazi war criminals. He was known as an outspoken voice for the 6 million Jews who died during the Holocaust, and for the next 50 years brought nearly 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice, including SS leader Adolph Eichmann and the policeman who arrested Anne Frank.

Weisenthal spent the remainder of his life speaking out against neo-Nazism, racism, and atrocities against humanity. “Simon Weisenthal was a tireless advocate for justice. His life was an amazing story of unrelenting commitment to the well being of all people. The life and work of Simon Weisenthal will be remembered forever,” Senator Smith concluded.

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