Mormons agree to no LDS proxy baptism of Simon Wiesenthal
As requested by Jewish human rights organization
Jan 23, 2007
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints removed the name of Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal from a list of those to be posthumously baptized, after the organization bearing his name issued a statement calling for the removal.
“They did the right thing,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. “I’m sure they realized this was a terrible mistake on their part.”
The center, a Jewish human rights organization based in Los Angeles, issued a statement on December 18 asking the church to remove Wiesenthal’s name from the list of those to receive posthumous rites, which include baptism. Later the same day the church said his name had been removed.