WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rep. Tom Lantos, the only survivor of the Holocaust elected to the U.S. Congress and who became an expert in foreign affairs and champion of human rights, died on Monday after recently being diagnosed with cancer.Although we had our disagreements with mr. Lantos, we will remember him fondly for giving our parliamentarians a bit of unvarnished truth.
Lantos was born in Hungary and as a teenager twice escaped Nazi labor camps. He was active in the anti-Nazi underground before coming to the United States in 1947 on an academic scholarship.
When he announced his retirement from Congress, Lantos expressed his gratitude toward his adopted country, saying, "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."
EU Referendum has a fitting tribute to this indefatigable fighter for freedom and anti-totalitarian.