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Soiling his Memory

Yesterday in my post on Simon Wiesenthal z'”l, I posted excerpts from Wikipedia. Today I have learned that this was not wise.

An Australian Jewish group has been angered by the use of an online encyclopedia to attack the memory of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, who died yesterday.

 

The Wikipedia website, a collection of articles that can be freely edited by users, displayed false information about Mr Wiesenthal, claiming he partook in various sex acts in Austria with other men.

 

“In the 1970’s he became involved in gay life when he began spending his free time giving oral sex to older black men”, the site read in part this morning. It continued on for several paragraphs.

 

Wiesenthal, a holocaust survivor who helped track down more than 1000 Nazi war criminals, died in his sleep at home in Vienna yesterday. He was 96.

 

The Council of Australian Jewry was angered at the posting on the Wikipedia website, which gets about 60 million hits a day, and said it was a blatant attempt to denigrate the memory of Mr Wiesenthal.

 

“I suppose if you are a former Nazi or sympathiser then it makes sense to try and denigrate the person who is bringing you down,” said executive officer with the group, Josh Landis.

 

“This is abhorrent and shows a lack of respect to his memory.”

 

Mr Landis said he would informally speak with other members of the council to see what action could be taken against he website.

 

“I can imagine people will regard this as extremely offensive, and degrading the history of someone who was known universally for their stand on human rights,” he said.

I am at a loss for words.

 

Update: Reader Womble seems to have uncovered evidence that it may have been a member of the white supremacist group Stormfront. Here’s a post on their forum by a commenter named Val Kyrie. The post is entitled Zionist Cabal taking over Wikipedia.

I’ve tried adding a few things to Wikipedia on pages to do with our cause. They are gone by the time I check the following morning. Try writing some extra stuff about Wiesenthal or Wiesel etc. and see how quickly it disappears!!! Been there…Done that. But do it anyway. Write about how Wiesenthal saved his own neck by ratting on his fellow Jews. See how long it stays there. Even though it’s true! As an added experiment. Add something to one of the pages about some (in)famous Jew and praise the #^*^. See if that remains…It will. Then get rid of it! And tell us the results.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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