Leadership Institute: Lifelong Activist Now Trains Thousands
Born in the Big Apple to Holocaust survivors, college student Henry Kriegel launched the Columbia University Young Americans for Freedom campus group in the early 1980s. His inspiration? It was his parents’ fight for survival during the Holocaust and Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980.
Henry’s passion for survivors moved him across the country to Los Angeles, where he helped Afghan refugees get on their feet and organize a rally against
the Soviet Union in the mid 1980s.
Soon after, he was hired by Washington, D.C.-based Committee for a Free Afghanistan as its public relations director. Two years later he became executive director, a position he held until the Soviets completely withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989. His group worked with Rep. Charlie Wilson and other Members of Congress to support the Afghans.
“The movie and book Charlie Wilson’s War is very accurate,” Henry told the Leadership Institute. “I left Washington, DC in 1990 because I felt I had made my contribution and wanted to join my friends who lived in Big Sky Country—Montana, also known as the last best place.”
Henry Kriegel is AFP-MT’s Deputy State Director, and The Leadership Institute has featured him as their graduate of the week. Click here to read more!