simon wiesenthal

4. Humble beginnings

Born Szymon Wiesenthal on December 31, 1908, in what is now western Ukraine, the man who would become a legend grew up in near-impoverished surroundings. Wiesenthal’s father sold sugar and earned a modestly successful living, but the family struggled for survival amid rising political clashes between Soviet, Ukrainian and Polish forces.

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Erica Terry is Managing Editor at Jspace News. She has reported on domestic and international news, Israeli politics, features and more for Jewish publications in New York, Miami and London.
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