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    Holocaust center in honor of Wiesenthal to be built in Vienna By The Associated Press 31/01/2006 http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/676659.html Officials at
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      Holocaust center in honor of Wiesenthal to be built in Vienna
      By The Associated Press
      31/01/2006
      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/676659.html


      Officials at the University of Vienna announced Monday they plan to
      build a new Holocaust research center in honor of the late Nazi hunter
      Simon Wiesenthal.

      The $17.1 million center, to be called the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute
      for Holocaust Studies, is targeted to be completed by 2009 or 2010,
      project leader Anton Pelinka said during an evening presentation.

      "The institute will give a worthy framework to the archives and legacy
      of Simon Wiesenthal," Pelinka told reporters. He said Wiesenthal, who
      died last September at age 96, had wanted the records he amassed over
      decades of sleuthing around the world to be preserved in the Austrian
      capital.

      Officials said the 3,000-square-meter center will house some 8,000
      documents, including files from the country's World War II resistance
      movement. "This will put Austria on the map of international Holocaust
      research" and efforts to stamp out racism and anti-Semitism, Pelinka said.

      Wiesenthal, who survived five Nazi concentration camps and seven other
      prisons, devoted his life to tracking down suspected Nazi war
      criminals and became a voice for the 6 million Jews who perished as
      victims of Hitler's "Final Solution." He died in Vienna on September
      20 and was buried in Israel.

      Organizers said the city of Vienna and the government of Austria would
      contribute heavily to the construction of the center, and that a
      location would be selected as early as February.

      Wiesenthal, who lost 89 relatives during the war, weighed just 99
      pounds when a U.S. Army armored unit liberated him and other inmates
      at Mauthausen in May 1945.

      Enlisted by the Americans to research war criminals, the architect
      pursued the mission long after Allied forces lost interest.

      Wiesenthal spent more than 50 years hunting Nazi war criminals,
      speaking out against neo-Nazism and racism, and remembering the Jewish
      experience as a lesson for humanity. He estimated he helped bring some
      1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice.

      The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which was established in his name to
      preserve the memory of the Holocaust, is based in Los Angeles.

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