Ambassador Hannah Rosenthal spoke on February 14 at the Aventura-Turnberrry Jewish Center. Rosenthal is employed by the State Department as the U.S. special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism in 193 nations around the world. Her Florida lecture was promoted by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Aventura-Turnberry Jewish Center.
Rosenthal related an incident that occurred shortly after she was named to her post. She was visiting Poland and a prominent Catholic Bishop made a remark that smacked of Holocaust denial. Six months later, Rosenthal was on another mission to Poland with eight Muslim clerics. After the group met with a cardinal, the cleric asked Rosenthal to stay behind for a moment. He then told her that the bishop she had brought to his attention was no longer a bishop, was no longer authorized to teach at any Catholic university, and was banned from making any further Holocaust denial statements.
“There are disappointments,” said Rosenthal, “but there are also victories.”