Tom Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor to serve in the United States Congress, died today.
Lantos embodied what is most incredible about the United States. When he announced his retirement from Congress last month due to the cancer that ultimately took his life, Lantos said:
'It is only in the United States that a penniless survivor of the Holocaust and a fighter in the anti-Nazi underground could have received an education, raised a family and had the privilege of serving the last three decades of his life as a member of Congress....I will never be able to express fully my profoundly felt gratitude to this great country.''
May his memory be a blessing.