Thursday, September 22, 2005

Simon Wiesenthal, the Holocaust survivor who helped track down numerous Nazi war criminals following World War II, died Tuesday. He was 96.

According to an article that appears on the Website, Wiesenthal's interest in stamp collecting helped in the capture of the notorious Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann in 1960.

In 1954, a fellow philatelist, showed Wiesenthal a letter from a former German Army officer who lived in Buenos Aires.

The writer recounted that he had met some acquaintances from their regiment, and continued: "Imagine whom else I saw… that dreadful swine Eichmann who commanded the Jews. He lives near Buenos Aires and works for a water company."

Wiesenthal's books included I Hunted Eichmann (1961), The Murderers Amongst Us (1967) and Justice Not Vengeance (1989). He was depicted in the films The Odessa File and The Boys from Brazil.

For more on the life of Simon Wiesenthal, click here.

To see more covers designed by Wiesenthal, and other anti-Semitic and Nazi philatelic material, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM