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By Andrew F Smith

Leo Cherne s existence brimmed with paradox and improbability. He was once born within the Bronx to a terrible, immigrant, Jewish kin, and but rose to the heights of financial and political strength in WASP the USA. A profitable entrepreneur and an unofficial consultant to 9 presidents, he however dedicated the vast majority of his time to humanitarian reasons, fairly the overseas Rescue Committee, which he chaired for 40 years. From Hungary to Cuba to Cambodia, Cherne traveled around the globe on behalf of political refugees. A consummate networker, he additionally had the uncanny skill to draw and domesticate gifted humans earlier than they turned favourite, together with such figures as John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Patrick Moynihan, Claiborne Pell, Tom Dooley, William Casey, John Whitehead, and Henry A. Kissinger. He was once awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1984 through Ronald Reagan, who proclaimed that even supposing by no means elected to governmental workplace, Leo Cherne had extra impact on American international coverage than such a lot elected officers. The underlying topic of his existence was once that one individual, with out relatives contacts or prosperous connections, can make a distinction around the world in political and humanitarian affairs."

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