January 10, 2017 - Issue: Vol. 163, No. 6 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 1st Session
HONORING THE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF MR. HENRY MORGENTHAU, III; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 6
(Extensions of Remarks - January 10, 2017)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E41-E42] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF MR. HENRY MORGENTHAU, III _____ HON. ADAM B. SCHIFF of california in the house of representatives Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to celebrate the 100th birthday of Mr. Henry Morgenthau, III. Mr. Morgenthau was born at home in New York City on January 11, 1917, to Henry Morgenthau, Jr. and his beloved mother Elinor Fatman. A man of creativity, and vision, a parent, poet, author, film maker and producer, Mr. Morgenthau found his own success in a family known for its achievements in public service. In his 20s, Mr. Morgenthau graduated from Princeton University and served his country as a U.S. Army officer, rising to the rank of Captain, and receiving a Bronze Star. In his 30s, Mr. Morgenthau developed his distinguished career in public broadcasting which lasted into his 60's. He produced an impressive group of documentaries and series, including ``The Negro and the American Promise'' with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and James Baldwin; and ``Prospects of Mankind'' with Eleanor Roosevelt. His work won him and Boston's WGBH, national acclaim, including Emmy, Peabody, UPI, and other awards and nominations. In his 40s, Mr. Morgenthau married Professor Ruth Schachter, a refugee of the Holocaust who became an advisor to Presidents, a world renowned Africa expert, a champion of the underdeveloped world, and a trailblazer for women, among her many significant accomplishments. Together, Henry and Ruth have three children, Sarah, Henry (Ben), and Kramer; and six grandchildren Edward, Henry, Mizia, Henry, Mizia, and Osias. In his 70s, Mr. Morgenthau published ``Mostly Morgenthaus,'' a history of an American [[Page E42]] family known for its remarkable public service. At the outbreak of World War I, his grandfather, Henry Morgenthau, Sr., served as Woodrow Wilson's U.S. Ambassador to the Sublime Porte (the imperial government of the Ottoman Empire), distinguishing himself in part by his unblinking dispatches about what he described as ``a campaign of race extermination'' against the Armenians before the term ``genocide'' had been coined. His father, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., served as Treasury Secretary for eleven years under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. His brother, Robert Morgenthau, was named U.S. Attorney by President Kennedy, before entering politics as the 1962 Democratic nominee for Governor of NY, and then winning elections to be Manhattan's longest serving District Attorney. Other distinguished members of Mr. Morgenthau's family include his sister Joan Hirschhorn, his first cousin Barbara Tuchman, and his great uncles Governor Herbert Lehman and Chief Judge Irving Lehman of NY. Mr. Morgenthau, along with his father, grandfather, brother, and sister, has distinguished himself in his dedicated support for American and International Jewry. He and his wife Ruth were named as Harvard Hillel's 2004 Tribute to Excellence Honorees. His wife served on the board of the American Jewish World Service and his brother was a founder of Manhattan's Museum of Jewish Heritage. Henry Morgenthau, Sr. led a major relief effort for the Jews in Palestine before it was Israel. Mr. Morgenthau has also been a great supporter of Armenia and her people. At 95, Mr. Morgenthau took up poetry as ``a celebration of the evening of a long life.'' He writes: ``In these precious days I dress my private demons in these scribblings to come out from behind the shadows that have darkened my long and privileged life.'' At 96, Mr. Morgenthau published his first poem, and at 99 his first solo book of poetry was published, ``A Sunday in Purgatory.'' Pulitzer prize winning poet, Peter Balakian, wrote: ``Morgenthau's poems are crisp, elegant forays into memory both personal and cultural . . . His surgical examinations of self and his unflinching stare into mortality define the unique and honest voice of this remarkable first book of poems.'' A man of elegance, distinction, and sweetness, at 100 Mr. Morgenthau remains alive to the world, eager to create more. ____________________