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CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer honored by Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

By in Press Enterprise on November 6, 2017

By Brenda Gazzar

CNN’s lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer was honored Sunday night by the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust at its annual gala dinner.

Blitzer, the son of Holocaust survivors, lost his father in 2002 and his 95-year-old mother this past summer.

“I do like to think that she’s with my dad right now and she’s up there and she’s watching all of us here tonight and remembering what’s going on,” Blitzer told hundreds of attendees at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. “She would be very very proud not just of me, but of all of you for what you’re doing because this is really a significant, significant moment.”

Blitzer, who was born in Germany and raised in Buffalo, New York, said he was thrilled that scores of Holocaust survivors were present at Sunday’s fundraising gala.

“Their mere presence speaks volumes especially when Holocaust deniers seem to be actually increasing in numbers and speaking more vocally, speaking more powerfully,” Blitzer said.

The 69-year-old journalist said he was “truly shocked” to see images of white-supremacists, racists, anti-Semites and neo-Nazis who showed up in large numbers in Charlottesville, Virginia in August chanting slogans such as “Jews will not replace us” and “blood and soil” – a key slogan of Nazi ideology that referred to Aryan blood.

As he recorded the news on CNN, he thought of his parents, who who would have been “so stunned” to hear those words in the United States in this day and age, he said.

His dad, he recalled, was a proud American. Blitzer said his family almost always had an American flag flying outside their home – not just on Memorial Day or on July Fourth.

“But always because he saw this country that gave him an opportunity to re-establish his life after the war, and he was always so grateful of […]    

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