Simon Wiesenthal

Britton Vess-2

Introduction

Simon Wiesenthal was a concentration camp survivor and a Nazi hunter. He wrote books about his life and work. He spent most of his life trying to make suspects of the Holocaust pay for the horrible things they did.

The Beginning Life Of Simon

Simon Wiesenthal was born on December 31, 1908 in Buczacz, Ukraine (current day Lvov Oblast.) He lived with his mother and father until the father was killed during World War l. Due to his mothers fears of war, they fled to Vienna for a bit of time. Simon and his mother returned to Buczacz for the mother to remarry. Simon graduated the Gymnasium in 1928 and applied to Polytechnic Institute in Lvov, Ukraine. He ended up not getting in due to the institutes lack of respect for Jewish people. He instead went to Technical University and got a degree in architectural engineering in 1932. Simon married high school sweetheart Cyla Miller in 1936 and they lived happily in Lvov. He worked in an architectural office.

The Beginning Of The End/ A New Era In Time

In 1939, Germany and Russia a "non-aggression" pact and they started to occupy Lvov. Most of Simon's family was either arrested or killed. He closed his office and started working for a bedspring factory. Simon and Cyla was sent to a force labor camp serving the Ostbahn Works, a repair shop for the Eastern Railroad in Lvov in 1942. He escaped in 1943, but was recaptured in 1944 and sent to a different concentration camp. Right before he was executed, the eastern Germen fort collapsed. The guards decided not to kill Simon at that moment, but they killed most of the prisoners due to the fears of going to war with the Red Army. Then the guards took Simon and the remaining 34 west to another camp. Months later the U.S. Army found Simon barely alive. When his health was fully restored he started working for the U.S. Army, gathering evidence against Nazi atrocities.

The Beginning Of A New Life And New Line Of Work

Simon and Cyla reunited and had their daughter, Paulina, in 1946. He and 30 volunteers tried to open up a documentation center, but it failed thanks to the Cold War. He spent a few years trying to catch Adolf Eichmann, a decider of the Holocaust. He was successful and Eichmann was charged guilty with mass murder and hanged. Simon went on to capture many more suspects and had them get what they deserved. In 1977, the Simon Wiesenthal center was founded in honor of his hard work. He died on September 20, 2005.

Biography.com Editors. "Simon Wiesenthal - Activest." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, Web. 04 Feb. 2016


Simon Wiesenthal Center. "About Simon Wiesenthal." - Simon Wiesenthal Center. Simon Wiesenthal Center, Web. 04 Feb. 2016.

Biography.com Editors. Somon Wiesenthal. Digital image. Simon Wiesenthal - Activist. Biography.com, Web. 4 Feb. 2016.

Interesting Facts

-Simons wife was blonde haired, so she passed off as "Aryan" to avoid being captured

-Simon wrote 7 books about his life and his work

-During the Holocaust, a total of 98 members in Simons and cylas family perished

-Simon was permanently slashed with a saber as a young boy for being Jewish

-When Simon was found in 1945, he weighed less than 100 lbs

Biography.com Editors. "Simon Wiesenthal - Activest." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, Web. 04 Feb. 2016


Simon Wiesenthal Center. "About Simon Wiesenthal." - Simon Wiesenthal Center. Simon Wiesenthal Center, Web. 04 Feb. 2016.

Simon Wiesenthal Center

Simon Wiesenthal

Websites

http://www.wiesenthal.com/site/pp.asp?c=lsKWLbPJLnF&b=4441293#.VrQpgV9OKJI - has everything you need to know about Simon Wiesenthal and everything that he did with every little nitty gritty detail.


http://www.biography.com/people/simon-wiesenthal-9530740 - had his life story and good pictures