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Germany Protests Against Tehran Holocaust Conference

Hardy Graupner

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German lawmakers have protested against an Iranian conference on the Holocaust. The meeting was widely considered a platform for revisionists who deny the Holocaust and the existence of gas chambers under the Nazis.

A spokesman for the German foreign ministry, Jens Ploetner, said in Berlin that nothing of scientific value would come out of the Tehran conference, which ended Tuesday.

"The German government condemns all attempts to deny the Holocaust and question Israel's right to independent statehood," he said. "For us, living in the country where the mass murder of Jews was planned and carried out, we feel a special responsibility to commemorate the victims of Nazi terror. It's in this context that we condemn any attempt to provide a forum for revisionists who are out to rewrite history in an unacceptable manner."

Iran's leadership has defended the decision to hold the conference, styling it as a scientific forum that would seek answers to unresolved issues around the Holocaust. It turned out to be a gathering of revisionists whose main claim to fame has been the doubts they've frequently expressed about whether the mass murder of six million Jews took place at all.

Bundestag President Norbert Lammert was among the strongest critics of the conference. In a letter to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he said he condemned any attempt to promote anti-Semitic feelings under the guise of scientific freedom and objectivity.

The secretary general of Germany's Social Democratic Party, Hubertus Heil, said that anyone who denies the Holocaust is the enemy of modern day Germany.

Read the entire article on the Deutche Welle website (new window will open).

Posted: 16-Dec-06



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