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Famous refugees

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These well-known artists, ambassadors, CEOs and other luminaries were once refugees who fled war or persecution.

  • Josef Albers, Artist
  • Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State, current IRC Overseer
  • Hannah Arendt, Philosopher and Author
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov, Dancer
  • Max Beckmann, Artist
  • Hans Bethe, Physicist and Nobel Laureate
  • W. Michael Blumenthal, Former Secretary of Treasury, current IRC Overseer
  • Marc Chagall, Artist
  • Nadia Comaneci, Olympic gymnast
  • Salvador Dali, Artist
  • The Dalai Lama, leader-in-exile and Nobel Laureate
  • Peter Drucker, Author and Management Consultant
  • Albert Einstein, Nobel Laureate
  • Max Ernst, Artist
  • Gloria Estefan, Singer
  • Lion Feuchtwanger, Author
  • Andy Garcia, Actor
  • Alexander Ginsburg, Russian dissident during the Cold War
  • Roberto Goizuetta, former CEO of Coca Cola
  • Walter Gropius, Artist
  • George Grosz, Artist
  • Andrew S. Grove, Chairman of Intel Corp., IRC Overseer
  • Henry Grunwald, Former Editor-in-Chief, Time Inc.,
  • John Heartfield, Artist
  • Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist Master
  • Wassily Kandinsky, Artist
  • Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State, current IRC Overseer
  • John G. Kemeny, computer pioneer and President of Dartmouth College from 1970-81
  • Andre Kertesz, Photographer
  • Oskar Kokoschka, Artist
  • Madeleine Kunin, former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland, former Governor of Vermont
  • Tom Lantos,  U.S. Congressman (Calif)
  • Femand Leger, Artist
  • Jacques Lipchitz, Artist
  • Andre Masson, Artist
  • Andre Meyerhoff, Scientist and Nobel Laureate
  • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Architect
  • Dith Pran, Photographer
  • Gen. John Shalikashvili, Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Author
  • Elie Wiesel, author and Nobel Laureate, IRC Overseer