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Special U.S. Envoy for Combating Anti-Semitism Assumes Post

Rice swears in Gregg Rickman, son of Nazi Holocaust survivor

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice administered the oath of office to the Department of State’s first special envoy for monitoring and combating anti-Semitism at a May 22 ceremony.

Gregg Rickman, a former congressional staff member who helped investigate the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program and the retention by Swiss banks of assets belonging to Holocaust victims and their heirs, assumes the position, which was created by the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004.

Rickman, whose father survived the Nazi Holocaust, or Shoah, that murdered an estimated 6 million Jews along with Poles, Roma, homosexuals and others deemed undesirable by the Nazi regime and its allies, linked the prevention of anti-Semitism to the cause of freedom and democracy.