Brazil’s leader: Don’t deny Holocaust
Brazil’s president marked the 62nd anniversary of the liberation of Nazi death camps by visiting a synagogue and condemning Holocaust denial.

In his comments during services last Friday night at Latin America’s largest synagogue in Sao Paulo, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva praised the U.N. General Assembly for adopting a resolution condemning Holocaust denial, The Associated Press reported.

“In the 21st century we cannot accept the denial of the Holocaust as a historical fact,” Lula said.

“Nor can we accept those who deny that 6 million Jews were massacred.”

Lula’s remarks came during his second visit to Congregacao Israelita Paulista.

He was joined for the visit, timed to coincide with international Holocaust remembrance day, by six government ministers, the mayor and state governor of Sao Paulo, and other leaders.

With 150,000 Jews, Brazil is home to Latin America’s second-largest Jewish community.

Rabbi Israel Singer, chairman of the World Jewish Congress’ Policy Council, said Lula’s visit would have a “trickle-down effect” on public attitudes throughout South America.

“He made a symbolic act that all non-Jews in the country saw,” Singer told JTA. “It’s not to be taken lightly.”