About Simon Wiesenthal Center
The Simon Weisenthal Center
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international human rights organization, confronts anti-Semitism and hate, promotes human dignity, defends democracy and freedom, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust to future generations worldwide. The Center speaks out against international terrorism and defends the safety of Jews everywhere. Established in 1977, the Center has become one of the largest institutions of its kind in the world.
Locally, the Center runs the Museum of Tolerance (or MOT), its educational arm, established in 1993. The MOT challenges visitors to confront bigotry and racism, and to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts. The Museum has served over 4 million visitors with 350,000 visiting annually, including 130,000 students.
Simon Wiesenthal, a survivor of the Nazi death camps, dedicated his life to documenting the crimes of the Holocaust and to hunting down the perpetrators still at large; and contributed to the capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1961.
Recognition: Rabbi Marvin Hier