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Pell Scholars Honors Thesis

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On September 21, 2005, The New York Times ran a front page article declaring the death of acclaimed Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal. The story, written by award-winning New York Times journalist Ralph Blumenthal, functioned both as an obituary and as a tribute to the late Holocaust survivor’s life. Weisenthal's life is divided into three periods as chronicled in The New York Times. In the first period we saw Wiesenthal the Nazi-hunter. In the second period we saw Wiesenthal the celebrity, complete with a controversial media war and a series of films. In the third period Wiesenthal revisited the Waldheim controversy while the Wiesenthal Center combated the entertainment industry and dealt with contemporary human rights issues. By the time of his death, Wiesenthal had accomplished what he had set out to do with both supporters and critics all over the world. His obituary in the Times accurately states the facts of his life in the public eye, honoring his achievements and acknowledging his failures.

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