February 18, 2009

The Builder


It was great reading Deborah Solomon’s interview with Felix Rohatyn (Questions for, Feb. 8). Rohatyn saved the city of New York back in 1975, and his insight and common sense are relevant to our turbulent times.

One thing I missed in the interview was the fact that Rohatyn himself had been saved from the Nazis by a Brazilian ambassador, Luiz Martins de Souza Dantas, who made it possible for Rohatyn the child, and his family, to flee France during World War II. A few years ago, Bob Herbert wrote an excellent article for The Times on this saga, including how Rohatyn discovered his own savior thanks to the research efforts of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, where I work.

Givatayim, Israel