Last week our students were thrilled to have Dr. Efraim Zuroff, world famous Nazi hunter, come give a guest lecture. Zuroff is the director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem. His work is comprised of Nazi war crimes research, the investigation and prosecution of these war criminals, and influencing national policies to enable the prosecution of such criminals in different countries around the world. Since the end of the Soviet Union, Dr. Zuroff has actively pursued the confrontation of the complicated histories of formerly Soviet countries, like Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, in attempts to help such places acknowledge their participation in the crimes of the Holocaust, and to prosecute Nazi war criminals living in these places today.
He explained to us that “Never Again” also means creating a standard of culpability for war criminals, and that’s why his work remains so important over 70 years after the Holocaust. Bringing Nazi war criminals to justice is a means of honoring Nazi victims and survivors, as well as setting a standard of consequences for the perpetrators of the atrocities we fail to prevent today and in the future.
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