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Tom Lantos is a Hung. grant who came to the u.s academic scholarship after Nazi labor camp. He under American freedom and oPF one who once lived withou Tom Lantos is exceptk fied to help write the polie the directions that will infl future. If past is prologue, . wi II be an excepti onal coni

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Californ ia's 11th Dlstrict is in San Mateo Cou nty, just south of San Francisco. The district was

created after the 1970 reapportionment and was held from 1972-1978 by Leo J. Ryan. Congressman Ryan's death in Guyana led to a special election in the spring of 1979, which was won by a Republican candidate. Four times Mr. Ryan had been elected by margins of about 2-1. In the special election to replace Mr. Ryan, the Democratic vote was considerably lower than usual, whlje the Republican vote held firm. In the general election of 1980, the Democratic vote can be expected to reach its traditional presidential election level. Tom Lantos will be an exciting candidate who will win the enthusiastic support of a normally Democratic-voti ng district.

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Tom Lantos with U.S. Sen.Frank Church, chairman ofthe U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Comm.

Tom Lantos is a cause worth supporting. He is a strong, active candidate who has an excellent opportunity to win a seat In Congress. Please give him your help, and do it now. The earlier we can depend Jpon campaign funds, the more that money can buy. There is so much truth to the old saying, "An early campaign dollar is worth two later." Funds now will help plan a more orderly, economical and effective campaign. So, please join us by returning a check with the attached coupon. You Will be proud' of this contrlbution, and your pride will be justified by the leadership Tom Lantos will,give us in Congress.

Tom Lantos, exceptionally qualified to help shape the policies that will affect our future.

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Personal: A survivor of Nazi terror Tom Lantos was born in Budapest in 1928. As a member of the anti-Nazi underground he was captured and placed in a forced labor camp from which he subsequently escaped. He was his family's sole survivor of the Holocaust. Academic: Exceptional achievement
His academic achievements drew the attention of a distinguished international scholarship committee which awarded him a scholarship to complete his education in the United States. He won degrees in international relations and economics and was elected toPhi Beta Kappa. In 1953, Tom Lantos received his doctorate in international economics from the University of'California.

An elected leader: com.munity service
For eight years, Tom Lantos was an elected member of the Millbrae Board of-Education; two years he served as board president. The district was one of California's most outstanding in terms of student achievement. '

As an educator: Innovations
Since 1950, Tom Lantos has been on the faculty of San Francisco State University, as a professor of economics. In 1962 he established a worldwide campus, the Study Abroad program for the California State University and College System, one of the first of its kind in the nation. He established campuses around the world, and built this international enterprise into one of the nation's most respected study abroad programs. He served as its founding director for a decade.

Political leadershlp: national and local Tom Lantos has been administrative and special assistant to two U.S. Senators, and an advisor to several others in the areas of economics and foreign policy. He has served on a presidential task force on defense and foreign policy. In 1976, Tom Lantos was issues adviser and deputy national finance chairman for the Frank Church presidential campaign. He headed California's Church delegation to the party's national convention. At the local level, he was an early activist. He founded and was first president of the San Bruno Democratic club. Family: A close relationship
His childhood sweetheart, Annette, joined Tom in the U.S. and they were married in California in 1950. They have two daughters, Katrina, and Mrs. Annette Tillemann-Dick, both graduates of Yale. A grandson; Tomlcah, Was born in 1979. The entire family will be involved in the campaign effort.

In business; A world of experience Tom Lantos was one of three economists who established the economics department of the Bank of America. He has been a private consultant to national and international firms in banking, transportation, energy and retail trade. He has managed investment portfolios for pension funds and individuals. A public personality: On television
In 1954, Tom Lantos taught one of the first TV classrooms, a semester course in economics on KQED, S.F. The series was acclaimed as the best ed, ucational series in the nation. For several years he had weekly TV series on both the NBC and CBS affiliates in San Francisco, interviewing national and world leaders and reviewing foreign press comments on the United States. Both programs received national recognition.

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The Lantos family Son-in-law Timber, daughter Annette, grandson Tomicah, Wife Annette, Tom and daughter Katrina.

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On August 31, 1979, Thomas Peter Lantos was intervie \'I e d a t his res; den c e, 12 3 n Sou t h c:I 0 ~!n R 0 ad, Hill s b 0 r 0 u !l h , California, by a representative of the Federal Rureau of Ihyesti~ation{FRI)after being apprised of the FBI's jurisdi ct ion with respect to the ForeignC()unterintell i gen~" field. Lantos provided the following inforlPation:(l\) From Au~ust 1978 until June 1979, he was employerl hv Senator Joseph Riden, Jr., (Delaware) as a Special Advisor. In June of 1979, Lantos terMinated his position on eiden's staff and ~eturned to San Mateo County, California, to pursue the tl.S. Co o r-es s t cne l Seat which \'13S formerly held bv the ,..u'-lo.,l;;;.......J~L-J~J.II.L._-+antos advised that his daughter, J I ,wasf0Y'f!1erlya staff menb e r for Senator member 0 n the SE!nCl~e ,Judiciary r. 0 111M e e • itt Recently, returned to Californ1atoassist Lantos w i t h h ; s Ii0 1 it ical ~ ~ p a i9 n • The election for w h ; c h tantos;s (M) cur r en t 1 y cam p a ~ n ;n CJ wi 1 1 he he 1 d d uri n g ~! ve m he: 0 f 1 q 2 n~ '1'<. 0
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SF 201-926 GJA/lmh During December, 1979, Dr. Lantos and Pis wife visited Hungary, where he paid a courtesy visit to Janos Nagy, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Istvan Torok, Deputy Trade Minister. Dr. Lantos commented that Nagy and Torok exhibited a very pessimistic outlook with respect to the international political situation. Both Torok and Nagy (U) cpnceded that inflation is hitting Hungary very hard. They hope that the good relationship established between Hungary and theUnit€!d states continues, however, they realize that this would not be Ciete ned by Hungary, but rather by the rmi Soviet Union. Dr. Lantos commented that the conrrnon eople p which he met in Hungaryals0In~ain a pessimistic attitude and complain about inflation. . .... ~ Dr. Lantos added that he will be in Washington, D.C. during the end of June, at which time he anticipates meeting with the Hungarian Ambassador to the United States,
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On numerous occasions during late November and December, 1980, attempts had been made to contact Subject. ])llr:'ing these attempts it was learned that he was either in WashingtQI1,I)'S:.l0r on vacation. Messages were left for his return call. . ~ ..... On 1/5/81, Subject's secretary advised Subject is currently in Washington, D.C. and his return to San Francisco hinged on when the 97th Congress would functionally convene. Tf(~()ngress only formally convenes he may return to San Franciscowitl1~Tl two weeks otherwise he would not return for one month' s time~

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On numerous occasions during late November and December, 1980, attempts had been made to contact Subject. Duriry; these attempts it was learned that he v7as either in Hashington"D_ C. or on vacation. Hessa,~es 't'1crc left for-his return call.<J< On 1/5/81, Subject's secretary advised Subject is curt'ently in Uashington, D.C. and his return to San Francisco hinr,ed on when the 97th Congr-os Hould functionally convene. s If9()ngress only fot'mally convenes he may return to San Pt'ancisco\d·j:ll~l1 tw~~eeks other~·7ise wou l,dnot return for he one month' s time~.Y\' San Francisco will continue attempts to contact Subject in effort to facilitate HFO's t'equest, per referenced

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FROM:

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Representative LANTOSdvised that since the a o~ former Hungarian Ambassador FERENC ESZTERGALYOS, neither he nor his steff has had contact with any Hungarian EIl1bassy (HUEMB) staff member. He found this situation inexplicable given his former regular HUEMB contact and the fact that he is the only member of Congress with a Hun~ari8n be.Q1tground. He felt that surely the new Hungarian Ambassador, JANOSPE'rRAN, ould have been eager to maintain close contact ... ~ with him. LAmQS·····in41cZii;ed that he would probably initiate oontact with J?ETRAN 8omet:Un.int~ fut~_'1 if only to satisfy his cur~oUiJity abOUt the Inan ~ •.......
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was progressi.,.well and that the people of Hungary were hopeful about-their futures. They were extremely enthusiastic about their economic progress. According to the government officials, all of the planning for the economic program was made fifteen years ago. The Hungarians themselves enjoy their newly acquired individual capitalistic enterprises. I Iwas told that approximately fifteen years ago, the government realized ~at changes in the economy ware needed. But.these changes had t.ocome slowly and in stages for economic stability. This slow progress would also afford the Hungarian people the time to educate themselves regarding these new abilities. The yo~~t IIspoke with leaders of the youth movements. seem concerned with or have a desire to

discuss idOlogy.

in employment and housing. There appeared to no undercurrent of unrest with the Hungarian peo' ._ hey view the soviets as just another "ruler" who has taken them over as in the past. Instead of resisting, the Hungarians follow the philosophy of making the ~st of any given siutation.

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The Hungarian officials advised I I that their economic program is doing so well that n~rous soviet -officials and Soviet economists come to Hungary to study their system.

rttended a press conference given byr II in, bangaLl'. She advised that~ !OOked exU"II:teI'n'lIt!_.-reLi'f7 ..... ~ and worn. Afi;erthe conferen, !advisedthat she saw! ~tand"'P.Jin a side hallwaYi II ltLself ooking l very fOreIOLlI. She walked up to him and introduced herself as an American journalist. He appeared to be a·fforded practially no security for his protection. There were a b6 couple of other men in the hall, b1,lt Wire over ten b7C feet away and not paying attention to or individuals who might approach him.

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advised that there was no apparent Soviet military presence in Budapest. But she had been advised that the troops were stationed not far outside of Budapest.

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\ During this interview,Iirelated one incident which occurred in Hungary regardhig--a:-clelegation U. s. of Senatprs that was there on official business. r----ladvised that -Sena~ Thomas Peter Lantos, upon arrivin~ungary, fell tons and thanked God that h. was in a land of freedom. advised that the other delegates had to remind more than one occasion that he was a representati va of the P". s. Government and that he must act appropriately. This informa~on was submitted to FBIHQ in airtel format rather than LHM due to the fact that information developed in this first interview did not reveal any positive igence not already known to the Intelligence community. was completely cooperative and advised that she would ling to speak with interviewing .agentJf egarding r further contacts with diplomatic officials of interest to the FBI. . providing WFO with copies of all of her Hungary.
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Date

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THOMAS PETER LANTOS FCI-HU (OO:WFO) All markings, notations, and items of information contained in this communication are classified IISecretll unless otherwise noted.

On 5/6/83, writer met with Congressman Lantos at his office. The purpose of this meeting, requested by me, was to renew contact between the FBI and the congressman, inasmuch as he has been in touch with Hungarian Embassy (HUEMB) personnel, Hungarian delegates to the United states (U.S.), and has himself travelled to Hungary officially since our last talk on 4/1/82. Both when I arrived and departed, Representative Lantos said he regretted I had not called on him sooner since he ~ppreciates having such liaison with the FBI anO ~~~~~~:~Ch contact is helpful to our .... I

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WFO 219-95 Our discussion was mostly general in nature and related to pending legislation to extend Hungary's Most Favored Nation status, international loans, and dissident activities in Hungary. In Representative (Rep.) Lantos' view, these issues are linked. He presently supports renewal of Most Favored Nation (MFN) to a maximum of three years (the proPQsed bill will grant such 'lior ive), since f he supports a policy of "differentiationll in our treatment of the Soviet-bloc. He believes the U.S.-Hungarian trade resulting from MFN encourages the westward orientation of the Hungarian Government within its Soviet framework. Its renewal will help undercut sentiment existing within certain elements of the Hungarian Government to return to more autocratic centrql control of the economy. For the same reasons he supports World Bank and International Monetary Fund:.loans to Hungary. However, he stated he is equally willing to use his influence to withhold or cancel these benefits if recent reports of crackdowns of Hungarian dissidents (one of whom Rep. Lantos met while on his congressional trip) continue. Most of these "dissidents" are simply persons publishing mildly critical literature. With regard to specific contacts with Hungarian officials, Rep. Lantos confirmed attendance at several HUEMB receptions as well as several meetings with EDEMa personnel and Hungarian delegates in his office. He has made his views on MFN, loans, and dissident activity well known to many Hungarian officials and he has been told his views are being given careful audience in Budapest. He was able to use his influence to ge son to rejoin his defector father . L tos He sa1 e as conveye t ese same sen 1men s 0 V1S1 1ng Hungarian VIPs who privately concur with his evaluation. Rep. Lantos is also acquainted with the HUEMB Counselor I I who was to visit with him on 5/6/83 to discuss human r1gfits issues, and Second Secretary Istvan Foldesi, who has been following the internationql loan situation. Rep. Lantos described Foldesi as a bright person, seemingly very knowledgeable of that issue. It was Foldesi who brought to Rep. Lantos' attention the fact the U.S. Department of the Treasury (or Commerce) was attempting to block the World Bank loan. Lantos looked into this and confirmed the move to block to the loan was based on economic (Hungary is considered too well off) and not political/diplomatic

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Rep. Lantos cordially closed our session, advising he planned to privately visit Hungary this summer with b~S wife and two grandchildren. He requested I meet with him before and after this trip and I agreed to do so at his convenience.

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