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U.S. Rep Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), a Hungarian immigrant and holocaust survivor, has died at the age of 80.

Lantos, who referred to himself as ”an American by choice,” was born to Jewish parents in Budapest, Hungary, and was 16 when Adolf Hitler occupied Hungary in 1944. He survived by escaping twice from a forced labor camp and coming under the protection of Raoul Wallenberg ,the Swedish diplomat who used his official status and visa-issuing powers to save thousands of Hungarian Jews.