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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Eulogy for Dr. Gregory Freydman

March 9, 2009

House Chamber, Washington, D.C., March 9, 2009.  M. Speaker:  I rise to honor the memory of Dr. Gregory Freydman of California. 

Dr. Freydman spent most of his life seeking freedom for his family, and finally fulfilled that dream at the age of 72 when he legally immigrated to the United States from the Soviet Union.  He had been a renowned oncologist there and had risked his livelihood and his liberty to speak out against Soviet abuses.

Having seen first-hand the misery that tyranny inflicts on its people, Dr. Freydman devoted himself to learning English, studying the American system of government and passing on his appreciation of American founding principles to his children and grandchildren.  He proudly became a U.S. citizen at the age of 77. 

The highlight of his life was spending his final years in freedom with his beloved wife Polina, secure in the knowledge that through a lifetime of struggle, that he had secured the blessings of liberty for his posterity.

May he now rest in peace.