Didn't hear much about his Jewishness in the news when he was in office.
Ambassadors for whom and to whom???
What were Holbrooke and Stu Eizenstat really up to when they were supposed
to be representing U.S. interests?
"I was floored by what came next. He told me that Edgar Bronfman and Israel
Singer, leaders of the World Jewish Congress, had come to his State
Department office and told him that the emergence of new democracies in
Central and Eastern Europe since the collapse of Communism offered the U.S.
a historic opportunity to rectify the injustices of World War II.
They had urged him to select a special envoy on property restitution to
encourage the new democracies to return synagogues, schools, community
centers, and even cemeteries to the remnants of the Jewish communities of
Europe now finally able to practice their religion after decades of
Communist repression. Holbrooke noted the special urgency this held for
Europe's Jews, who had lived through the 20th century's twin evils, Nazism
and Communism. He wanted me to take on this task."
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