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June 26, 2022

Elie Wiesel Institute, Israeli Ambassador condemn the Holocaust denial manifestations of AUR

The Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR)  sent a press release on Monday, stating that, in recent years, there has been a “systematic action to undermine” the quality of education in Romania by raising to the rank of subjects some “minor topics or topics that can be covered in simple lessons within existing subjects (for example, sexuality education, Holocaust history, etc.), while reducing the importance given to fundamental subjects for the formation of new generations: the exact sciences, Romanian language and literature, national history”.


The Elie Wiesel National Institute for Studying the Holocaust in Romania condemned the Holocaust denial manifestations of the Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR).

“Today, an AUR leader, protected by parliamentary immunity, has labeled the Holocaust in Romania as a ‘simple lesson’ or a ‘minor topic’ in the education system. (…) Could genocide, the destruction of an entire community based on ethnic criteria, be a minor topic to be expedited in one lesson in the education system? Denying the Holocaust, behind parliamentary immunity, only maintains anti-Semitic hatred, the political consequences of which led to the Holocaust. Denying the Holocaust is a clear expression of democracy denial,” shows a press release of the Institute sent to AGERPRES .


 Israeli Ambassador warns against radical ideologies and manifestations present even today


Israeli Ambassador in Bucharest David Saranga vehemently condemns “the attitude and insulting statements of some political leaders who deemed it appropriate to describe the Holocaust genocide as a ‘minor topic’ for the Romanian education system to address”.

“I have always argued that fair and objective information on the horrors of the Holocaust in Romania is necessary to prevent such tragedies from happening again. The new generation must know in depth this black page in human history, so as to understand that anti-Semitism, xenophobia and intolerance have no place in today’s society and that they contravene Romania’s democratic and European values,” the diplomat said in a message posted on Facebook, in response to a press release sent by the Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR).

David Saranga emphasized that the law on the introduction of the subject tilted “The History of the Jews. The Holocaust”, adopted by Parliament and recently promulgated by President Klaus Iohannis, “gives students the opportunity to understand this cruel episode, but also the importance of compassion”.

According to Saranga, statements that classify the subject as a “minor topic” are “overt evidence of either lack of commitment or ignorance.”

“It is important to note that these fall within the definition of Holocaust denial issued by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), the same institution that adopted the definition of anti-Semitism during the Romanian presidency. Extremist reactions remind us that radical ideologies and manifestations make their presence felt even today. I am convinced that the Romanian people will choose the historical truth over the anti-Semitic discourse,” the Israeli ambassador to Romania also shows.


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