Auschwitz committee thanks Merkel for supporting Israel in face of Ahmadinejad
By: Associated Press
Published: September 7, 2006   
The International Auschwitz Committee said Wednesday that it thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for ignoring a letter in which Iran’s hard-line president questioned the Holocaust and Israel’s right to exist.

The committee’s president, Noach Flug, sent a letter to Merkel thanking her for showing an “unambiguous attitude…toward Holocaust survivors and the Jewish people,” by ignoring the letter and voicing her support for Israel, according to spokesman Christoph Heubner.

The statement comes after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent Merkel a letter in July devoted largely to criticizing Israel and questioning the Jewish state’s right to exist