First Lady of Argentina Visits Museum of Tolerance

July 14, 2005


On the eve of the 11th anniversary of the bombing of the Jewish Community Center (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, and in wake of the Argentine government’s official acknowledgement that it failed to solve the bombing case, Argentine Senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, wife of Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, (shown here with L-R Rabbi Marvin Hier and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Dean and Associate Dean of the Wiesenthal Center, signing the Center's "Book of Remembrance"), visited the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

A prominent member of the Argentine Senate and a leading human rights activist, Senator Kirchner was involved in the government’s investigation into the 1994 AMIA bombing, which killed 85 and the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires. She led the call for the impeachment of Judge Juan Galeano, whose mishandling of the investigation led to the acquittal of the bombing suspects. Senator Kirchner also active in preserving the memory of the victims of Argentina’s "Dirty War" of the 1970s and 80s.

The agenda for Senator Kirchner included a tour of the Museum, including its new exhibit, Liberation—Revealing the Unspeakable. The Senator also lit the Flame of Remembrance and give brief remarks along with Wiesenthal Center officials.

To read Rabbi Hier's remarks, follow this link.

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