Monday, February 11, 2008

RIP: Tom Lantos

Tom Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor to serve in Congress, has died. He was diagnosed recently with cancer of the esophagus. From the CNN story:

Lantos, who referred to himself as "an American by choice," was born to Jewish parents in Budapest, Hungary, and was 16 when Adolf Hitler occupied Hungary in 1944. He survived by escaping twice from a forced labor camp and coming under the protection of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who used his official status and visa-issuing powers to save thousands of Hungarian Jews.