Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Tom Lantos: Holocaust survivor, voice for the oppressed

Everything in Congressman Tom Lantos’ life derived from the fact that he was a Holocaust survivor, Frank Mankiewicz said in The Washington Post on Wednesday. The suffering he experienced during those formative years was intense, and it remained with him for the rest of his life.

Along with almost the entire Jewish population of Hungary, Lantos was sent to a concentration camp. However, following several escape attempts, he was saved by Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat, who hid him and 18 other young Jews from the Nazis.

In the article Mankiewicz recounts his memories of Lantos, expressing his admiration for the Congressman’s “dedication to the cause of the oppressed.”

For the full article, click here.


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