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Hadassah Mourns the Death of Congressman Tom Lantos

Genever McBain

(New York, NY -- February 11, 2008) -- Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, mourns the loss of Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA) following his battle with esophageal cancer.

Hadassah’s National President, Nancy Falchuk
, issued the following statement:

“Hadassah is deeply saddened by Congressman Tom Lantos’ passing. A champion of both Jewish and secular issues throughout his three decades of congressional service, Congressman Lantos leaves a strong legacy of devotion to his country and his heritage.

“Congressman Lantos is the first and only Holocaust survivor to be elected into Congress. He was a man of strength who not only survived the Nazi regime, but fought in Hungary’s anti-Nazi resistance movement. After enduring the horrors of the Holocaust, Congressman Lantos was elected to an esteemed seat of Congress where he became a staunch advocate of the environment, health-care, Israel, and human rights issues in countries world-wide. Hadassah has long admired the work and support the Congressman provided to the issues in which he so strongly believed.

“Today, our thoughts and sympathies are with his wife, Annette, his children and grandchildren, and the residents of the state of California.”

Date: 2/11/2008 12:00:00 AM

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