Shoa center honoring Wiesenthal to built in Vienna

Officials at the University of Vienna announced Monday they plan to build a new Holocaust research center in honor of the late Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. The $17.1 million center, to be called the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, is targeted to be completed by 2009 or 2010, project leader Anton Pelinka said during an evening presentation. "The institute will give a worthy framework to the archives and legacy of Simon Wiesenthal," Pelinka told reporters. He said Wiesenthal, who died last September at age 96, had wanted the records he amassed over decades of sleuthing around the world to be preserved in the Austrian capital. "This will put Austria on the map of international Holocaust research" and efforts to stamp out racism and anti-Semitism, Pelinka said.