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Holocaust survivor Estare Weiser featured in ad for her son Phil Weiser’s attorney general campaign

Author: Ernest Luning - February 22, 2018 - Updated: February 22, 2018

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Estare Weiser, one of the youngest living Holocaust survivors, talks about the lessons her son Phil Weiser, a Democratic candidate for Colorado attorney general, has taken to heart in a video released by his campaign on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (Via YouTube)
Estare Weiser, one of the youngest living Holocaust survivors, talks about the lessons her son Phil Weiser, a Democratic candidate for Colorado attorney general, has taken to heart in a video released by his campaign on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (Via YouTube)

Estare Weiser, one of the youngest living Holocaust survivors, introduces her son Phil Weiser in a digital ad released Thursday by the Democrat’s campaign for Colorado attorney general.

Born in the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany on April 13, 1945, Estare Weiser and her mother were liberated the next day by the Second Infantry Division of the US Army — a family history she relates at the beginning of the 2-minute video.

“When my son Phil was little, he would ask my mother, his grandmother, ‘How did you do this? How did you survive?’” she says. “And she would say” — here, Phil Weiser takes over the narration — “‘Stay grateful, stay positive, and always believe the best in people.’”

The proud mother lists some of her son’s landmark achievements: clerking for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, working for President Barack Obama in the Justice Department, and becoming dean of the University of Colorado Law School.

After vowing to “protect Coloradans against the over-reaches of the Trump administration that violate our constitutional rights” and against “anyone who would endanger our land, air and water,” Weiser closes the video by saying, “My family survived the Holocaust because they believed in a better future. And you know what? I do too.”

Weiser is one of four Democrats running to replace Republican Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, who is running for governor.

“Before announcing my candidacy to be our next attorney general, I rarely talked about my family’s history,” Weiser said in a statement. “As a candidate, it is critical that I do so, enabling voters to get to know my background, the values I grew up with, and what inspires me to serve our state and nation. I continue to get a tremendous response from telling my family’s story, including meeting relatives from those who served in the Second Infantry Division.”

He sounds some of the same themes in recent blog post released by his campaign.

“Over the last year, I continue to be inspired by the large numbers of people standing up for our core values, resisting discrimination and white supremacy, resisting attacks on the freedom of the press, resisting efforts to compromise an independent judiciary, and resisting voter suppression and gerrymandering that erode democratic representation,” Weiser writes in the post titled “Our Democracy is at Stake.”

The other Democrats running for the office are state Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, attorney Brad Levin and former federal prosecutor Amy Padden. A fifth candidate, prosecutor Michael Dougherty, was appointed Wednesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper to replace Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett, who is stepping down. Dougherty has suspended his campaign.

George Brauchler, the 18th Judicial District attorney, is the only Republican running for attorney general.

Precinct caucuses are March 6, and the primary is June 26.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. Since 2009, he has been the senior political reporter and occasional editor for The Colorado Statesman.