The American Council for World Jewry mourns the passing of former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Born in 1937 in Prague and raised Catholic, Secretary Albright would learn only at the age of 59 that her parents were born Jewish.

First as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and later on as Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright worked diligently to protect Jewish communities, defended Israel, safeguarded the rights of women, and displayed a unique and enduring commitment to advocating for democracy and democratic principles. She was a true friend to the State of Israel and Jews worldwide.

Secretary Albright was an inspiration to so many and she leaves behind an enduring legacy. The world will always remember Secretary Albright as one of the most vital and important voices in American diplomacy. Our condolences go to her family and all her loved ones.

Last modified: October 4, 2022