Indeed. This is hilarious:
In addition to the letters of apology and the clarifications that Iliescu and his prime minister made to their Israeli counterparts, several concrete decisions were taken. A committee of international historians is to be established, to fully investigate Romania's role in the Holocaust; Romania will declare a national day of remembrance for victims of the Holocaust; and Romanian Education Minister Alexandru Athanasiu will visit Israel in October to examine Holocaust study programs for his country's schools.
More brainwashing! Let's brainwash Romanian kids, and make them feel guilty too!!!
So keen was Athanasiu to undertake his mission that he asked to visit here during the course of this week, but he was firmly told by Jerusalem that Israel objects to "a process of crisis management combined with elements of public relations ... It will take some time before the lessons of this incident will be fully learned. The time is not yet right for the slate to be wiped clean." Experts and senior Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem view this educational effort as a fitting response to the Romanian president's "sins."
Notice how THEY (jews) are dictating the entire world how they will think and act... What the hell...
The first sin: Relativizing the Holocaust
Iliescu's comments to Haaretz (which he later revised), claiming that "the Holocaust was not unique to the Jewish population of Europe," have been described by Israel as "a form of Holocaust denial." A similar response could be found in the mass-circulation Romanian newspaper Evenimentul Zilei, which wrote that "when he mixed the Jews' martyrdom with the persecution of Communists, Polish people or Gypsies, Iliescu embraced - deliberately or not - part of the revisionist theory." Even if the president's comments were not intended to deny the Holocaust, banalizing the Holocaust is also a grave sin.
Ha, and LYING is not a sin?!?! Who defines what is sin anyway? I hope not the Simon Wiesenthal Center?
The second sin: Rewriting history
Iliescu seeks to clear the name of Romania's wartime leader. He claims that "[Marshal Ion] Antonescu no longer supported the Final Solution. On the contrary, he took steps to protect the Jews." But it is now known that the Marshall, who insisted on using a derogatory term whenever referring to Jews, was in no need of help from Hitler. In 1941 he was already working on a plan for the elimination of Romanian Jewry. His regime was directly responsible for the murder of 420,000 Jews. If not for the Germans' defeat at Stalingrad, he would have forged ahead with his plan for genocide.
In attempting to disconnect the Romanian people from all responsibility for "phenomena related to the Holocaust," Iliescu also sins against the historic truth. Documents that have recently been uncovered paint a very gloomy picture of the Romanians' behavior throughout the Holocaust. Romanian society, with very few exceptions, saw Antonescu as a legitimate ruler and cooperated with him. In contrast to the situation in most occupied European countries, there was no Romanian underground. No one rose up against Antonescu or against the expulsion and murder of the Jews.
The second sin: Rewriting history - indeed, and to WHOM does that EXACTLY apply? Surely not the Jews? Again, the tactic of making all non-Jews feel "guilty" about their role in the "holocaust" is at work here.
The third sin: The property issue
The property that was expropriated in Romania after the war is valued at $5.3 billion - one tenth of Romania's gross domestic product. Iliescu cannot compensate only the Jews, without angering his public. With that, his comments raise suspicions that he sees Jewish "preoccupation" with the Holocaust as a cover for avarice. In addition, Iliescu never states that he himself appears on the long list of the country's former Communist rulers who acquired the nationalized property at exceedingly low prices in the 1990s.
The third sin: avarice. At least have some respect to your "alleged" dead and stop wanting money and more money. All your acting skills collapse when it comes to money.
The fourth sin: The motives behind the interview
According to one interpretation, Iliescu, who ends his term of office in 2004, is hoping to be named chairman of the Senate. For this, he will need the vote of the extreme nationalist Romania Mare (Great Romania) party. Thus, throughout the interview, Iliescu was sending out a message to supporters of that party, the second largest in Parliament.
Historian Dr. Rafael Vago of Tel Aviv University says that the interview to an Israeli newspaper was perhaps intended to prove to the nationalists that their president is determined not to allow outside interference - Western or Jewish - in Romania's internal affairs.
Either way, the "blunders" in the interview are too frequent to be viewed as mere slip-ups. The fact is that they came just weeks after the government in Bucharest announced that the Holocaust did not happen on Romanian soil. The president's comments are fuel on the revisionist bonfire, joining his reprehensible comments made in a Bucharest synagogue in January 2001, where he attacked the "artificial inflation" of the number of Holocaust victims.
Too many people in Romania share Iliescu's views. Just as for years the Austrians built themselves an image of "Nazism's first victim," so the Romanians have nurtured for themselves the myth of "the European country where the Holocaust did not happen." One can only hope that the snowball set in motion by Iliescu's interview will help them to deal with the darker periods of their history and to shatter the walls enclosing their erased memory of history.
Haaretz: "Romanians have nurtured for themselves the myth of "the European country where the Holocaust did not happen."
Me: "Jews have nurtured for themselves the myth of 'God's chosen people', who have been slaughtered by the Nazis and whose slaughter has gone unnoticed in many countries (read: not enough reparation payments), and whose suffering through years of persecution will be paid for when they crush the revisionists with their thought police." http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages ... ntrassID=1
Romania to teach on holocaust
17/09/2003 16:58 - (SA)
Romania - Romania's culture minister urged his country on Wednesday to fully acknowledge its role in killing thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, an apparent attempt to heal relations with Israel.
"Romania participated in the Holocaust, and we have to face history," the minister, Razvan Teodorescu, said at a ceremony marking the inauguration of a teaching manual on the Holocaust.
Romania's traditionally good ties to Israel were strained in June after the government claimed there was no Holocaust inside Romania's borders. Romania was a German ally during most of World War II.
Israel and Romania's Jewish community protested, and the government eventually acknowledged that Romania's wartime leaders deported and killed Jews.
But tensions resurfaced in July when Romanian President Ion Iliescu was quoted by an Israeli paper as saying, "the Holocaust was not unique to the Jewish population in Europe. Many others, including Poles, died in the same way."
After Israel protested those remarks, Iliescu pledged to support Holocaust education in Romania and set up a memorial day to commemorate Holocaust victims. The new teaching manual comes as part of that effort. "The barbarism of the Holocaust was unique in history and should not be repeated,"
Teodorescu said at the ceremony, which was attended by US and Israeli diplomats as well as several representatives from the Jewish community.
The book, called "Teaching the Holocaust in the 21st Century," was written by a French author and translated into Romanian.
During communist times, schoolbooks taught that Germans were the sole perpetrators of the Holocaust, ignoring the involvement of Romania's wartime leaders.
Since the fall of communism in 1989, schools have only slowly begun to address the issue of Romanian involvement in the atrocities.
Romania was home to 760 000 Jews before World War II. An estimated 420 000 were killed during the war. More than 20 000 Romanian Gypsies also died after being deported to camps.
Today, about 6 000 Jews live in Romania.http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News ... 87,00.html
So how much do you think Teodorescu got paid?