Simon Wiesenthal, a central figure in the capture of Adolf Eichmann, arrived in Jerusalem, Israel, October 24 for consultations with the police and Dr.
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Background: Simon Wiesenthal, a central figure in the capture of Adolf Eichmann, arrived in Jerusalem, Israel, October 24 for consultations with the police and Dr. Kubovi, Director of the Yad Vashem Archives, regarding the forthcoming trial. Eichmann has been accused of murdering six million Jews during World War Two.
Wiesenthal and Dr. Kubovi examined documents recently transferred from the famous Linz Collection, Austria, to the Yad Vashem Archives. Mr. Wiesenthal established the Jewish Historical Commission in Linz in 1947. Its aim was to collect and preserve documents relating to the extermination of Jews in Europe.
After arriving, Wiesenthal - who managed to escape from the notorious Janowi Camp during the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, held a Press conference. After escaping from the Janowi Camp, he was recaptured by the Germans and imprisoned. Later he was transferred to various other concentration camps.
In 1945, Wiesenthal was liberated from the Mauthauzen Camp and took an active part in the organisation of the Jewish survivors in Europe and in the formation of the International Movement of Former Prisoners of the Nazis.