The Keeper

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In 2017, the Lantos Foundation announced the launch of its podcast, The Keeper. Hosted by Lantos Foundation President, Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, The Keeper features in depth conversations about the most pressing matters of justice in our world and welcomes some of the most important human rights leaders of our time as guests in an effort to bring listeners episodes which are entertaining, thought provoking, meaningful, and inspiring. 

The Keeper takes it's name from Congressman Tom Lantos’ personal conviction, fully lived out in his own life, that
we have a moral and ethical obligation to be our brother and sister’s keeper. This guiding principle led Congressman Lantos to found the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and use his eloquence, leadership, and personal passion to advocate fiercely on behalf of those whose human rights were being trampled in every corner of the world.


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Episode 1

Guests Jared Genser, founder of Freedom Now, and Dr. Yang Jianli, founder of Initiatives for China, join Katrina to discuss how they came to be human rights activists, the shameful death of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese governments moral bankruptcy, and the underlying political weakness that the regime is desperate to hide.

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Annette Lantos, Chair of the Lantos Foundation, shares the story of a perilous journey on Christmas Eve in 1944. At the age of 13, Annette, after seeking refuge from Nazi occupiers, was expelled from Switzerland. Mrs. Lantos narrates that terrible night and explains how she survived to become one of our country’s great advocates for human rights all around the world.


Episode 7

Annette Lantos' evolution from wife, mother, and educator to activist began in the late 1970's when she first learned that the hero who had saved her during the Holocaust might still be alive and languishing in a Soviet prison. Welcoming Mrs. Lantos back for another episode of The Keeper, we speak with her about that important hero - Raoul Wallenberg, the incredible impact he had on her life, and the example he is to all of us.


episode 2

Bill Browder, founder of Hermitage Capital, was almost single-handedly responsible for the adoption of the Magnitsky Act, a groundbreaking piece of human rights legislation. Bill and Katrina talk about the tragic injustice that transformed him from an international financier to an international advocate for human rights and the rule of law. 


Episode 5

Rebiya Kadeer, known as the "mother of the Uyghur nation", is the acknowledged global leader of the community of over 15 million living primarily in the East Turkestan region of China where this largely Muslim community has been subjected to discrimination, persecution, mass incarceration and cultural and religious oppression.


Episode 8

In July, 2018 a symposium was convened to consider the lessons and warnings of The Evian Conference on its 80th anniversary. Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett gave the keynote address. Her insights and analysis are informed not only by her years of leadership and activism within the human rights community, but also by the lessons she learned as the daughter of Hungarian Holocaust survivors. 


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Father Patrick Desbois is the author of the book “The Holocaust by Bullets”, which recounts his mission to uncover the truth behind the murder of 1.5 million Jews in the Ukraine. With utter dedication and quiet determination, he has succeeded in breaking the code of silence and the cloak of invisibility surrounding these unimaginable crimes.


episode 6 

Joshua Wong was only 17 when he led the 2014 Umbrella Movement fighting for Hong Kong's democratization. His inspirational mobilization of over 100,000 Hong Kong citizens to engage in peaceful protest on behalf of democracy and the rule of law captivated the world and galvanized a generation of young people to become activists and to peacefully resist Chinese control of their government.


Episode 9

Raif Badawi’s unjust imprisonment and lashing has become an international human rights cause, thanks in no small measure to the tireless efforts of Ensaf Haidar, the wife of the Saudi blogger. She has become the face of the movement to free Raif. Despite all of Ensaf’s apparent physical daintiness, there can be no mistaking her strength and determination when it comes to leading the fight to free her husband.