Just for the record here's a follow up to the Romanian denial.
Also, note the two different figures for the alleged fatalities. One being 250,000 and the other being 420,000.
Romania's Holocaust Disclaimer Is Rebuked
By LARA SUKHTIAN
Associated Press Writer
June 16, 2003, 4:36 PM EDT
JERUSALEM -- Romania's assertion that there was no mass killing of Jews in its territory during World War II drew a sharp rebuke Monday from the
Israel summoned the Romanian ambassador to the foreign ministry, telling her that the statement was incorrect and had strained relations between the two nations.
"Romania must find a way to correct this unfortunate statement, in order to return the bilateral ties to the right path," the Israeli Foreign Ministry
said in a statement issued after the meeting with Ambassador Valeria Mariana Stoica.
There were 760,000 Jews in Romania before World War II and an estimated 420,000 were killed according to Jean Ancel, a leading Israeli expert on the Holocaust in Romania, and other historians.
Today, about 6,000 Jews live in Romania.
Documents show the Romanian government was directly involved in the
extermination, said Ancel, author of a two-volume book on the subject
published by Yad Vashem, Israel's leading Holocaust research institute.
"Romania was the only ally of Germany that had its own plan of destruction and used its own army to exterminate Jews," Ancel said.
The German Nazis and their allies killed 6 million Jews during World War II, gassing many to death in extermination camps and shooting others after forcing them to dig their own graves. Ancel said that in the Ukraine,
Romanian soldiers also burned Jews alive.
Romania has drawn criticism for its reluctance to come to grips with its
role in the Holocaust. On Thursday, the government signed an agreement
allowing the Washington-based Holocaust Memorial Museum to study Romanian archives about the Holocaust.
Despite that agreement, the Romanian Ministry of Public Information claimed that "within the borders of Romania between 1940 and 1945 there was no Holocaust."
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