Simon Wiesenthal Center

As a survivor of the Nazi death camps of Word War II, Simon Wiesenthal dedicated his life to documenting the atrocities of the Holocaust and to hunting down war criminals still at large. The non-profit Simon Wiesenthal Center was founded in Los Angeles in 1977 to honor his efforts and to serve as an international Jewish human rights organization. Its mission is to teach the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations, while confronting anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promoting human rights and dignity, standing with Israel, and defending the safety of Jews worldwide.

Today, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has accredited status as an NGO with the United Nations, UNESCO, and the Council of Europe. Its constituency includes more than 400,000 households in the United States, and their donations help support branch offices in Buenos Aires, Miami, New York, Paris, Toronto, and Jerusalem.

As part of its outreach efforts, in 1981 the Center produced an Academy Award-winning documentary entitled "Genocide," with narration by Elizabeth Taylor and Orson Welles, and introduced by Simon Wiesenthal himself. Since 1993, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has also operated an educational arm known as the Museum of Tolerance.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is located at 1399 South Roxbury Drive, Los Angeles, California 90035-4709. On the 3rd floor, its Library and Archives are open to the public from 9am to 5pm on Monday through Thursday, closed on Friday through Sunday and all Jewish and legal holidays.

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