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Oral history interview with Simon Wiesenthal

Oral History | Accession Number: 2004.73.3 | RG Number: RG-50.569.0003

Simon Wiesenthal describes his views on the hesitation of survivors to tell their experiences to their children; encountering the same anxieties in WWII German officers years after the war; explaining to his own daughter, who was the only Jewish child in her school, about why they had no extended family; his liberation from Mauthausen and realizing that their justice could be sought after the war; beginning his organization (Jewish Documentation Centre); their war criminal investigations becoming more organized after Eichmann's capture; how many war criminals fled to Argentina and other countries; the Israeli view of Holocaust survivors in the early 1960s; the psychological reasoning for resistance and the difficulty of leaving family to join the resistance; his feeling as a Nazi hunter that he prevented the same propaganda from spreading; the left and right Fascism today; how at the time of the interview 1100 Nazi criminals have been brought to justice and they’re working on 300 more cases; believing he located Mengele and missed him by 80 minutes; his wife, who lives in Italy, and his son, who lives in Vienna, Austria; and a female camp commandant, Braunsteiner, who was arrested in Queens after a 9 year search.

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Wiesenthal, Simon
interview:  1975 May 12
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:12:32
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