11 February 2008

Tom Lantos passes away at age 80

This morning, a political hero of mine (although a little hawkish at times) passed away just outside Washington, DC. He was the only Holocaust survivor to serve in theUnited States Congress. He represented his constituents in Northern California very well for many years.

Representative Lantos defended democracy and human rights. He became a U.S. citizen and became a very active participant in his new home country.

He was born to Jewish parents in Budapest, and married a Mormon woman named Annette. I posted a short blurb about his daughter, Katrina, who was running for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire. He remained a very close friend to the LDS community in California, DC, and elsewhere.

I wish to express my condolences to the Lantos family, their relatives, and friends.

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