January, 3rd 1926
Werner Michael Blumenthal was born in Oranienburg, Germany, Weimar Republic. At age thirteen, Blumenthal barely escaped Nazi Germany with his Jewish family in 1939, and was forced to spend World War II living in the ghetto of Japanese-occupied Shanghai, China, until 1947.
Blumenthal graduated from U.C. Berkeley and Princeton University with degrees in international economics and would become a successful business leader, economist, and political advisor. He held administrative positions under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson and was appointed United States Secretary of the Treasury under Jimmy Carter.
RST is celebrating 40 years of open hearts and fresh starts this year. In honor of our 40th anniversary, RST is looking back on the history of refugees and the contributions they have made to the world.