Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Simon Wiesenthal, R.I.P.

One of the most marvelous human beings of all time has left us. His legacy and his quest for justice will be remembered forever:

Wiesenthal once spent the Sabbath at the home of a former Mauthausen inmate, now a well-to-do jewelry manufacturer.

After dinner his host said, "Simon, if you had gone back to building houses, you'd be a millionaire. Why didn't you?"

"You're a religious man," replied Wiesenthal. "You believe in God and life after death. I also believe. When we come to the other world and meet the millions of Jews who died in the camps and they ask us, 'What have you done?', there will be many answers.

You will say, 'I became a jeweler',

Another will say, I have smuggled coffee and American cigarettes',

Another will say, 'I built houses',

But I will say, 'I didn't forget you'."


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