Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal, 81, a concentration-camp survivor, was responsible for finding Adolf Eichmann, as well as the SS officer who arrested Anne Frank. In "Justice Not Vengeance" (Grove Weidenfeld), he tells his life story.
Q: Why have you devoted your life to bringing Nazis to justice?
A: When I was liberated, I didn't know that my wife was alive. I thought I had no one left in the world and that there was no reason for me to live. Then I learned about the War Crimes Office. It was a chance for me to help. I went to them day after day asking them to let me join. They asked me what my weight was. It was 90 pounds, but I lied and told them it was 120. Two weeks after my liberation, they accepted me. I felt it was my duty as a survivor. I felt I should do something for the future. Because, if not, history can repeat itself. So I'll continue. We recently brought a man to trial, 48 years after his crimes. He was arrested 9,000 miles from the place where the crimes were committed.
Q: What do you say to the people who say, "The war is over; forget it"?