Former governor Hugh Carey, who died Sunday at 92, is well remembered in the Jewish community for his strong support of Israel and Soviet Jewry and as a soldier who helped liberate the concentration camp at Nordhausen, Germany.
Carey "was an exceptional friend of the New York and American Jewish communities ...
"During his tenure in Congress, he was an outspoken advocate for Israel and he was present at every event to show support for the struggle of Soviet Jews to be free. I recall a Congressional press conference on behalf of Soviet Jewry that we organized the morning after his election as governor."
"Although he had been up much of the night awaiting the election results and celebrating his victory, he nonetheless lived up to his commitment to attend. We often turned to him for guidance as well as leadership on vital issues. This close relationship continued during his governorship," Hoenlein added.
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