I was very moved by this documentary, as I had recently seen a couple of films that had portrayals of Simon Wiesenthal. One was The Boys from Brazil which featured Sir Laurence Olivier in a role reminiscent of Simon Wiesenthal, and the other was The Odessa File, which featured a portrayal of the man himself. Neither of these films brought to life the intensity and the raw emotion present in Simon Wiesenthal when he discussed his work though.
The tears that still flow after decade upon decade of freedom, of life – the true commitment to the people who died so unmercifully at the hands of the SS – is something that so many of us could learn from today.
We must always be ready to carry the torch of justice, no matter the people who tell us to let matters stay to the side and evaporate. Simon Wiesenthal never forgot his people and never let go of his commitment to bringing perpetrators to justice. We must never forget the Holocaust either, but we must also never forget the atrocities that occur on a lesser scale in our world today.
After having watched this program, I am going to intralibrary loan Simon Wiesenthal’s books as I would like to hear more words directly from this wonderful man who lived such a long life (d. 2005) despite humanity at its worst being thrust upon him.