Holocaust survivors invite Iranian president to Auschwitz

Holocaust survivors in Israel on Wednesday invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to tour Auschwitz, the most famous Nazi concentration camp, local newspaper Ha’aretz reported.

Noach Flug, a survivor of Auschwitz and head of the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel (COHSI) offered to host the Iranian leader as a guest of the organization in Auschwitz, the report said.

Members of COHSI includes Jewish and non-Jewish survivors of the Holocaust from Poland, Hungary, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The survivor leader was reported to have told Ahmadinejad, who had repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel and challenge the authenticity of the Holocaust, that ever since he took office, the group had been closely monitoring his statements and found him to be a “serial Holocaust denier.”

Flug also mentioned Ahmadinejad’s letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which claimed that the Holocaust had been fabricated by the allied forces to allow Germany to save face after the war.

“This is not the first time you have questioned the murder of six million Jews at the hands of the Nazis,” Flug was cited by the daily as saying, adding, “I have reached the conclusion that you lack knowledge on the matter.”

Flug said that he was confident that the Iranian leader’s hatred toward Jews would decrease and his will for peace would grow stronger after hearing what the survivors have to say.

Source: Xinhua