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Lilli Hornig

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.

Hornig was born on March 22nd, 1921 in a small town outside of Prague. When she was eight, her family moved to Berlin. After the Nazis came to power in 1933, Hornig's father was threatened with imprisonment in a concentration camp, and the family immigrated to the United States. Hornig worked on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos & was among the Los Alamos scientists who signed a petition to have a demonstration of the bomb’s destruction rather than dropping it on civilian populations in Japan.