Passing of a Righteous Hero
These are words that are both accurate and yet not adequete to describe Simon Wiesenthal, legendary Nazi hunter and Holocaust survivor, who passed away today at the age of 96. He survived, when 89 members of his family did not, and went on to find and help bring to justice some 1,100 Nazi war criminals, including Adolph Eichmann.
He fought for years against Naziism, fascism and racism of all kinds. On a personal note, it was his story that inspired me, as a young farm-boy, to never sit placidly by when these kinds of things reared their head, even in Canada. He is one of the reasons I am so vocal and occasionally emotional in my defence of minorities and of my attacks on neo-fascist ideas.
He was the personal embodiement of the phrase "never again."
He will be missed, but I hope that the world never again needs a Simon Wiesenthal.
"There is no freedom without justice" - Simon Wiesenthal
Amen, brother. Amen. Let's all take a moment to remember his life, and promise that we should be the conscience of the world, so the next Simon Wiesenthal can simply live his life as an architect.