Marking the 90th anniversary of his birth, a statue of Tom Lantos, a Hungarian-born former US Congressman, the only Holocaust survivor, who served in the Congress, was unveiled in his home city, Budapest this Thursday.
David Kostelanci, Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States, addressed the event in the 13th district in central Budapest, where Lantos used to live. He called the congressman “a true gentleman and statesman, who always focused on the dignity of his fellow humans”, irrespective of their political views.
Mayor of the district, József Tóth called Lantos a hero, who fought for the cause of democracy and equal rights. He added that the former congressman was someone who, as a politician, was fighting against anti-semitism, discrimination and genocide and was an active advocate of national minority rights. Tomicah Tillemann, grandson of Lantos, said the congressman was “a son of Budapest”, who used to return to his home town on every possible occasion.
Lantos was the only Holocaust survivor who served in the United States Congress as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from California. He was serving from 1981 until his death.
The former Congressman was born 90 years ago, on 1 February, 1928 and he died in February in 2008 at the age of 80. The statue has been erected at the Tom Lantos Promenade, near his former school.
via Hungary Matters
featured photo: Katrina Lantos Swett, daughter of Tom Lantos with the statue