„The Simon Wiesenthal Center says that President Shimon Peres should have condemned Romania for the tens of thousands of Jews who were killed there during World War II.
By The Associated Press Published 17:24 13.08.10
The Simon Wiesenthal Center criticized Israeli President Shimon Peres on Friday for thanking Romania for saving Jews, saying he should have condemned the Romanian state for the tens of thousands of Jews who were killed there during World War II.
On Thursday, Peres publicly thanked Romania for helping 400,000 Romanian Jews emigrate to Israel during the communist regime that ended in 1989. Peres did that while making the first visit to Romania by an Israeli head of state since 1948 when Israel was formed.
Peres was speaking at a news conference with Romanian President Traian Basescu, who said that Romania would be a loyal partner of Israel and NATO, if there was a conflict with Iran. During that event, Peres did not mention Romania’s role in the Holocaust.
In 2004, a historical commission set up to study the Holocaust in Romania found the country was responsible for the deaths of 280,000 Jews and 11,000 Roma during the Second World War under the regime of pro-Nazi Marshal Ion Antonescu.
On Friday, Efraim Zuroff, the Israel director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, issued a statement essentially saying Peres should have mentioned this.
„His failure to condemn the horrific crimes of the Antonescu regime against the Jewish people are likely to have very dire consequences, especially in Romania and elsewhere in Eastern Europe, where there is a growing tendency in post-Communist societies to deny or minimize the highly significant role played by local Nazi collaborators in the annihilation of the Jews,” said Zuroff, who also is a Holocaust historian.”
„Nu vom uita niciodata ca, in perioada cea mai intunecata a istoriei-perioada nazista, Romania a ajutat la salvarea a 400.000 de evrei de aici, care au venit in Israel, au ajutat la construirea Israelului, dar, in acelasi timp, nu si-au uitat iubirea pentru Romania, si-au pastrat cultura romaneasca. Pentru aceasta, doresc sa multumesc poporului roman si sa ii spun ca aceasta este o prietenie care nu se va termina si care va continua multa vreme in viitor, nu doar in istorie”, a afirmat joi presedintele israelian, in timpul unei conferintei de presa la Palatul Cotroceni.
S-ar parea ca s-a ales praful de tot tam tam-ul facut de anumite cercuri antiromanesti in ultimii ani in legatura cu un asa zis”antisemitism”al romanilor si cu soarta evreilor romani din in timpul razboiului .
Sa adaugam ca declaratia presedintelui israelian vine dupa alte marturii date dupa razboi de seful Federatiei Comunitatilor Evreiesti din Romania din…
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