The term “Nazi hunter” refers to those who chased and tried to capture and prosecute former SS officers, Nazis and Nazi collaborators accused of war crimes. Today it is well known that it was some kind of network of those who wanted to revenge. Thus many Jewish victims of Holocaust who considered it as their duty to find former Nazis and deliver the justice thus taking the law into their own hands. Once they wanted to poison drinking water to kill six million random citizens of divided Germany. Eye for eye. Six million Germans for six million Jewish victims of Holocaust. It was their main principle and idea. Well, fortunately they failed. At the same time it is just so easy to understand their actions.

One of the most remarkable Nazi-hunter was Simon Wiesenthal (1908-2005). He survived during Austrian Holocaust and after the end of World War II Wiesenthal was eager to revenge as many other Jewish. He was a founder of the Jewish Historical documentation Center in Linz and Vienna where with the help of volunteers and other Nazi hunters he gathered information on former war criminals and future trials.

In 1941 when the Nazi army invaded in the territories of the USSR Wiesenthal along with all his family members were sent to ghetto and then to the extermination camp. During the World war II Wiesenthal and his wife Cyla lost about 90 relatives. By a miracle he was saved several times and escaped in 1943 and joined the polish Partisans sabotaging against German army.

After the World War II Wiesenthal participated in capturing former Nazis and putting them on trials. Among his victims were Karl Silberbauer, former Austrian SD officer, Franz Stangl, Austrian SS commandant of the Treblinka and Sobibor concentration camps, Hermine Braunsteiner Ryan, guard of a female camp at Majdanek. As you can see his activity was really disturbing and because of it he got several times death threats. He even blamed some Austrian politicians for the war crimes and collaboration with Nazis.

In 2003 he decided to go into retirement with the words: “I have survived them all. If there were any left, they’d be too be old and weak to stand trial today. My work is done”. He died in Vienna at the age of 96. He did a lot to hunt Nazis and bring them to justice. Even though some of his deeds were criticized and sometimes ignored nevertheless this man earns respect.

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