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Simon Wiesenthal My name is Simon Wiesenthal and I was born on December 31, 1908 in Buczacz, in what is now the Lvov Oblast section of the Ukraine. When my father was killed in World War 1, My mother took my family and fled to Vienna for a brief period, returning to Buczacz when she remarried. I graduated from the Gymnasium in 1928 and I then applied for admission to the Polytechnic Institute in Lvov. However, I was turned away because of quota restrictions on Jewish students. I went instead to the Technical University of Prague, from which I received my degree in architectural engineering in 1932. In 1936, I married my very beautiful wife Cyla Mueller and worked in an architectural office in Lvov. Our life together was happy until 1939 when Germany and Russia signed their "non-aggression" pact and agreed to partition Poland between them; the Russian army soon occupied Lvov, and shortly afterward began the Red purge of Jewish merchants, factory owners and other professionals. In the purge of "bourgeois" elements that followed the Soviet occupation of Lvov Oblast at the beginning of World War II, My stepfather was arrested by the People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs - Soviet Secret Police (NKVD) ...read more.


She was what inspired me to keep living and doing good. By September, most of mine and my wifes relatives were dead. Eighty-nine members of both families were tragically killed. Because my wife's blonde hair, it gave her a chance of passing as an "Aryan,". I tried my hardest and made a deal with the Polish underground. In return for detailed charts of railroad junction points that I made, my wife was provided with false papers identifying her as "Irene Kowalska," a Pole , and spirited out of the camp in the autumn of 1942. She lived in Warsaw for two years and then worked in the Rhineland as a forced laborer, without her true identity ever being discovered. With the help of the deputy director, I was able to escape the Ostbahn camp in October 1943, just before the Germans began liquidating all the inmates. In June 1944, I was recaptured and sent back to Janwska where I was nearly killed. If the German eastern front had not collapsed under the advancing Red Army, I would of been a goner. ...read more.


In 1954, the office in Linz was closed and its files were given to the Yad Vashem Archives in Israel, except for one - the dossier on Adolf Eichmann, the inconspicuous technocrat who, as chief of the Gestapo's Jewish Department, had supervised the implementation of the "Final Solution." I went on gaining and releasing evidence to put war-crime commiters away. My progressions and persaverence was encouraged by my mother. I did this for her. In 1967 I released a book of memoirs called "The Murderers Among Us". I now live in a simple apartment in Vienna and have little social life. I spend most of my evenings answering letters, studying books and files, and working on my stamp collection. I have received numerous anonymous threats and insulting letters. In June 1982, a bomb went off at the front door of my house causing a great deal of damage. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Since then, my house and office have been guarded by an armed policeman. I have no regrets for what I have done. I am happy and I love it. ...read more.

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