1. Wide shot of Los Angeles street, pan to Simon Wiesenthal Center
2. Close-up of sign.
3. Mid shot of Rabbi Abraham Cooper in his office
4. Photograph of Rabbi Cooper and Simon Wiesenthal.
5. Close-up of photograph of Wiesenthal
6. SOUNDBITE (English): Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean, Simon Wiesenthal Center:
"The legacy of Simon Wiesenthal is that he re-taught the Jewish people in the world the importance of memory and the importance of a timeless commitment to justice. And that if and when the world chooses silence that silence will always be interpreted by tyrants in the worst possible way imaginable. Therefore he was not only the great Nazi hunter but a great humanitarian who was on the frontline of many important human rights issues."
7. Wide shot of photos.
8. Close-up photo of Wiesenthal
9. SOUNDBITE (English): Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean, Simon Wiesenthal Center:
"I was with him a few months ago in his cottage in Vienna and he said a few interesting things including that he took some measure of solace that he outlived most of the perpetrators from the Nazi 'Final Solution' and in a sense felt that that was a symbolic victory. In addition, it's clear that Simon Wiesenthal had remained loyal to his six million constituents (the Jews murdered in Nazi death camps in World War II). A sort of unofficial ambassador of the six million. The conscience of the Holocaust and that also brought him a measure of inner peace."
He lost 89 family members, survived 12 Nazi camps and weighed less than 100 pounds when an American armoured unit liberated Mauthausen in 1945.
Simon Wiesenthal, who died Tuesday in his sleep at his Vienna home at the age 96, drew on his memories of the Holocaust to fight for justice for its victims, dedicating himself to tracking down Nazi war criminals and to being a voice for the six (m) million Jews who perished.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, reflected on his contribution.
"The legacy of Simon Wiesenthal is that he re-taught the Jewish people in the world the importance of memory and the importance of a timeless commitment to justice." Rabbi Cooper told APTN.
Although he had trained as an architect, Wiesenthal was enlisted by the Americans to research war criminals at the end of World War II. He pursued the mission long after Allied forces lost interest.
Wiesenthal spent more than 50 years hunting Nazi war criminals, speaking out against neo-Nazism and racism, and remembering the Jewish experience as a lesson for humanity. He estimated he helped bring some 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice.
He was perhaps best known for his role in helping find one-time SS leader Adolf Eichmann, who organized the extermination of Jews as part of his 'Final Solution'. Eichmann was tracked down to Argentina, abducted by Israeli agents in 1960, and tried and hanged by Israel.
Even after turning 90, Wiesenthal worked regularly at the small downtown office of his Jewish Documentation Centre.
"I was with him a few months ago in his cottage in Vienna and he said a few interesting things including that he took some measure of solace that he outlived most of the perpetrators from the Nazi 'Final Solution' and in a sense felt that that was a symbolic victory." said Cooper.
Wiesenthal's wife, Cyla, died in 2003. Their daughter, Paulinka Kreisberg, lives in Israel, where Wiesenthal will be buried Friday. A memorial service was scheduled in Vienna on Wednesday.
Rabbi Cooper will travel to Israel for the funeral of Simon Wiesenthal.