20 Sep 2005
Quotes van Simon Wiesenthal
Volledige titel: Quotes van Simon Wiesenthal
Samenvatting: De illustere Simon Wiesenthal had zijn eigen ideeŽn omtrent rechtvaardigheid. Lees een aantal uitspraken van deze markante en volhardende nazi-jager en krijg inzicht in zijn gedachtenwereld.
geboren 31-12-1908 overleden 20-09-2005
"The only value of nearly five decades of my work is a warning to the murderers of tomorrow, that they will never rest."
"For your benefit, learn from our tragedy. It is not a written law that the next victims must be Jews. It can also be other people."
"Justice for crimes against humanity must have no limitations."
"The schools would fail through their silence, the Church through its forgiveness, and the home through the denial and silence of the parents. The new generation has to hear what the older generation refuses to tell it."
"There is no denying that Hitler and Stalin are alive today... they are waiting for us to forget, because this is what makes possible the resurrection of these two monsters."
"The combination of hatred and technology is the greatest danger threatening mankind."
"Hatred can be nurtured anywhere, idealism can be perverted into sadism anywhere. If hatred and sadism combine with modern technology the inferno could erupt anew anywhere."
"Survival is a privilege which entails obligations. I am forever asking myself what I can do for those who have not survived."
"Violence is like a weed - it does not die even in the greatest drought."
"I know I am not only the bad conscience of the Nazis. I am also the bad conscience of the Jews. Because what I have taken up as my duty was everybody's duty."
"Technology without hatred can be a blessing. Technology with hatred is always a disaster."
"Humour is the weapon of unarmed people: it helps people who are oppressed to smile at the situation that pains them."
"None of my "clients" - not Eichmann, not Stangl, not Mengele, and not even Hitler or Stalin - was born a criminal. Somebody had to teach them to hate: maybe the society, maybe the politics, maybe just a Jewish prostitute."
"If you know from history the danger, then part of the danger is over because it may not take you by surprise as it did your ancestors."
"For me was the Holocaust not only a Jewish tragedy, but also a human tragedy. After the war, when I saw that the Jews were talking only about the tragedy of six million Jews, I sent letters to Jewish organizations asking them to talk also about the millions of others who were persecuted with us together - many of them only because they helped Jews."
"I have lost my mother, my father, my five, and ninety relatives in Poland. Poland is for me a cemetery."
"What connects two thousand years of genocide? Too much power in too few hands."
"Camaraderie ends when crime begins."
"But I am not a hater."
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