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    From ABC News 2/11/08:

    Lantos was elected to the California district's congressional seat in 1980, the only member to serve there who had survived the Holocaust. And while he didn't like to dwell on that time in his life, it was clear it shaped him and his desire to fight for human rights around the world.

    Just last year the Democrat assumed the chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and pushed to shine the light on oppression worldwide. He was arrested at a rally outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington in April 2006 while protesting the genocide in Darfur.

    Filmmaker Stephen Spielberg chose him as one of the subjects for his 1999 documentary, "Last Days." In that film, the legendary director took five survivors back to the Holocaust camps where they had been held and chronicled their experiences, as they returned to the scene of such pain and devastation. Lantos told me being part of the film was difficult.

    "Anytime any of us who survived the Holocaust needs to relive it, talk about it, share our thoughts, it's never a joyous experience."

    When he died, he was surrounded by his devoted wife Annette, his two loving daughters, and most of their grandchildren, and even two great-grandchildren. Lantos would say that was proof of a life lived well.

    I will miss most: Paul Newman, Tim Russert (would have loved to hear him cover the last few months of the election), George Carlin (for making us think and laugh), Bo Diddley, Dan Fogelberg and "Limpy" (the three-legged, black wolf that was shot and killed just outside of Yellowstone in Wyoming days after the Rocky Mountain wolves' protections were lifted in June).

    My condolences to you and your family for your many losses this year. May 2009 bring you joy and celebration!

    "...get busy livin' or get busy dyin'" - The Shawshank Redemption

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