Wiesenthal Center Condolences on the Passing of Nancy Reagan

March 6, 2016

The Simon Wiesenthal Center sends condolences to the family and friends of Nancy Reagan, former first lady who passed away this morning.

“Mrs. Reagan was a strong supporter of the Simon Wiesenthal Center over the years and responded with a kind letter of thanks when Rabbi Abraham Cooper and I wrote her with words of encouragement on the news of her breast cancer diagnosis in October 1977,”
said Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder of the Center. (see letter right, click to enlarge)

In 1988, on the occasion of Simon Wiesenthal's 80th birthday, Mrs. Reagan was the recipient of the Museum of Tolerance Award at a Wiesenthal Center Dinner honoring President Reagan with the Humanitarian of the Year Award in recognition of his friendship and staunch support of Israel, his efforts to prevent nuclear war, and his personal commitment on behalf of Soviet refuseniks.

Pictured below, Simon Wiesenthal (far left) and Rabbi Hier (far right) showing President Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan the model for the proposed Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles at the Center’s National Tribute Dinner honoring President Ronald Reagan in 1988.


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