Holocaust memorial starts Farsi site
By Aron Heller, The Associated Press
JERUSALEM — Israel’s Holocaust memorial has launched a version of its website in Farsi to educate the country’s most bitter enemy — Iran — about the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews.

Iran has faced widespread condemnation for hosting a conference last month that questioned whether the Holocaust took place. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called the Holocaust a “myth” and said Israel should be “wiped off the map.”

The website was unveiled this week to coincide with Saturday’s U.N. annual Holocaust remembrance day, officials said. Saturday marked the 62nd anniversary of the Auschwitz death camp’s liberation by the advancing Soviet army.


“Every year, nearly 20,000 people from Muslim countries, including Iran, visit the Yad Vashem website,” said Avner Shalev, chairman of the Yad Vashem memorial. “We believe that making credible, comprehensive information about the Holocaust available to Persian speakers can contribute to the fight against Holocaust denial.”