VIENNA (Nov. 14)
Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal accepted his sixth honorary degree here last week with the vow that he would continue to be “the voice of all those whose mouths have been shut forever.”
Wiesenthal, who lost 89 family members in the Holocaust, has devoted his life to tracking down Nazi war criminals all over the world.
“I will never be quiet,” he promised at the awards ceremony Wednesday, when the University of Vienna presented him with an honorary doctorate.
The doctorate was initiated by the student body and approved unanimously by the Academic Senate of the university.
Minister of Science Erhard Busek, who spoke at the award ceremony, praised Wiesenthal as a “warning voice whose words have been replete with humanity and not with hatred.”
Austria has only just begun to erase its guilt toward Simon Wiesenthal, said Busek, a member of the conservative People’s Party which ran Kurt Waldheim as its presidential candidate in 1986.