Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, March 6, 2019
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell took a break from his diplomatic duties — and the Berlin cold — to visit Southern California, the place he called home before assuming his Berlin post last year.
On Feb. 22, two days before glamming it up with his partner, Matt Lashey, at Elton John’s Academy Awards after-party, Grenell went on a private tour of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s (SWC) Museum of Tolerance with SWC board member Cheston Mizel, Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Executive Director Rabbi Meyer May; Museum of Tolerance Director Liebe Geft; and SWC Communications Director Michele Alkin.
Throughout the museum’s exhibitions on such subjects as civil rights in America, Nazi Germany and Anne Frank, Grenell spoke with visitors from San Diego, U.S. Army recruits and police officers from Rialto about the museum’s educational messages against hate, prejudice and racism.
After the tour, Grenell gave an off-the-record briefing to several Jewish community leaders about his work in Germany, developing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and combating anti-Semitism and terrorism.
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