- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 26, 2003

Nobles: Renowned and retiring Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, for a lifetime dedicated to keeping a sacred trust.
Mr. Wiesenthal knew the horrors of the Holocaust well, since he was a survivor. Born in the Ukraine in 1908, he and most of his and his wife's families were arrested when the Nazis invaded. Eighty-nine members of the two families were eventually murdered. Mr. Wiesenthal eventually survived three separate concentration camps, and he was barely alive when he was freed by an American armored unit in May 1945.
After recovering his health, Mr. Wiesenthal dedicated his life to finding former Nazis. For 50 years, this Hercule Poirot-sized hero tracked down the perpetrators of one of the last century's greatest crimes. He hunted them, he haunted them and he harried them. The most infamous criminal that he helped capture was Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Holocaust. There were more than 1,000 others, including Franz Stangl, the former commandant of the Treblinka and Sobibor concentration camps. Also, doubts about the authenticity of Anne Frank's diaries died after Mr. Wiesenthal found the Gestapo agent who arrested her.
Mr. Wiesenthal has received many awards for his life's work, including the Dutch Freedom Medal and the Congressional Gold Medal.
However, he didn't receive much money for his pursuits. After the horrors he experienced, Mr. Wiesenthal could have moved on to a more lucrative occupation, instead of chasing Nazi criminals. When asked by an affluent jeweler friend why he hadn't done so, Mr. Wiesenthal replied, "You believe in God and life after death. I also believe. When we come to the other world and meet the millions of Jews who died in the camps and they ask us, 'What have you done?' There will be many answers. You will say I became a jeweler … but I will say, 'I didn't forget you.' "

Knaves: Havana's double agents, for a terrible betrayal of trust.
The show trials of dissidents have played a large part of Fidel Castro's vicious crackdown in Cuba. To the shock of many recently sentenced, the star witnesses against them were fellow activists and intimate friends, who, while masquerading as republican refuseniks, were actually spying for the Cuban government. According to reports, at least a dozen government agents infiltrated the ranks of the courageous Cubans who are calling for democratic reform.
Several of the spies uncloaked themselves to testify against their former friends. They included Manuel David Orrio, a purported journalist who was known to his handlers as "Agent Miguel." Another was Nestor Baguer, who became president of Cuba's independent journalists association. As a child, he had struck up a friendship with Raul Rivero, who became one of Cuba's most well-known poets. Because of Baguer's betrayal, Mr. Rivero was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Aleida de las Mercedes Godinez, aka "Agent Vilma," was the trusted assistant and confidant of economist Marta Beatriz Roque. Thanks to Vilma the viper, Mrs. Roque also received 20 years in prison.
The most infamous betrayals are made by intimates. In a moment's kiss, the trust built over a lifetime is shattered. Few will ever trust them again. While they might receive accolades by those who paid them, their faithlessness will follow them. For the rest of their lives, they will bear the blood of those they betrayed.
Orrio, Baguer and the rest have received their 30 pieces. All they have left is the Potter's Field.

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