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Wiesenthal Urges Historians to Publish Their Findings on Nazi Germany to Counter Revisions

February 2, 1983
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Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal called on historians and archivists to publish their findings on the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich in order to counter various propaganda campaigns to misinform the public about the true magnitude of the Holocaust and to raise doubts that it even took place.

Wiesenthal, who heads the Nazi war crimes documentation center in Vienna, addressed a two-day conference here on the Third Reich and its crimes. The conference, attended by Alan Poher, President of the French Senate and Simone Veil, former president of the Parliament of Europe, was convened of the 50th anniversary of Hitler’s ascension to power. He was appointed Chancellor by President Paul Von Hindenberg on January 30, 1933.

Wiesenthal declared that the appellation “war criminals” was “far too noble and too good” for the Nazis still at large. They should be called what they are, “plain assassins,” he said. He also maintained that current legislation is inadequate to deal with the hundreds of surviving “Nazi murderers who spilled the blood of countless innocent victims without actually dirtying their own hands.”

Wiesenthal referred to one of the most wanted Nazi killers, the notorious Auschwitz doctor, Josef Mengele. He said Mengele’s whereabouts have been located. He was hiding on the Uruguay-Paraguay border as recently as last December, Wiesenthal said. He would give no further details but said the facts have been brought to the attention of the proper authorities.

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