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Nazi Hunter Simon Wiesenthal Dead at 96

The concentration camp guards stood with their rifles ready, awaiting the order to fire at Simon Wiesenthal ( search ) and other prisoners standing along the edge of a pit where their bodies would topple. The future Nazi hunter waited to die. And waited.Hours later, after many of the condemned slumped in exhaustion, the camp commandant strolled to the line and delivered a reprieve: Soviet troops were coming and the prisoners would be taken away."We thought we were going mad," Wiesenthal wrote after World War II ( search ). "Perhaps we feared [or hoped] we were mad already."Wiesenthal, who died Tuesday in his sleep at his Vienna home at age 96, was driven by his memories of the Holocaust to fight for justice for its victims, dedicating himself to tracking down Nazi war criminals and to being a voice for the 6 million Jews who perished."I think he'll be remembered as the conscience of the Holocaust. In a way he became the permanent representative of the victims of the Holocaust, determin...

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