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Germany - Iranian Delegation Rejects Invitation to Visit Buchenwald Nazi Camp

Published on: June 24, 2010 01:09 PM
By:  Haaretz
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FILE Germany - An Iranian delegation upset its German hosts by refusing to tour a concentration-camp memorial, the city council of Weimar in eastern Germany said Thursday.

The Buchenwald concentration camp, where Nazis killed tens of thousands of political prisoners and people from minorities through disease, exhausting work and executions, is located near the city.

Visitors usually pay their respects to the dead at the memorial and visit the museum. But the group from Shiraz, Iran - a twin city to Germany’s Weimar - refused to make the scheduled trip on Wednesday, civic officials said.

Mayor Stefan Wolf condemned the decision, saying it was inconceivable that a friend would try to ignore the pain caused by the Nazi camp. Local newspapers said the city council refused to meet the Shiraz delegation because of the canceled visit.

Berlin has regularly protested against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust and his calls to wipe the state of Israel off the map. Denying that the Nazis committed genocide against the Jews is a criminal offence in Germany.

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Germany established the Shiraz-Weimar connection to keep people- to-people links alive while the governments were at odds.



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 Jun 24, 2010 at 02:06 PM Clear thinker Says:

Why would they go to a concentration camp. Last year they had their investigation into the holocaust and the representatives of Neturei Kartei who attended probably assured them it was a Zionist plot.

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 Jun 24, 2010 at 02:12 PM Anonymous Says:

It would be a disgrace to the honor of the Kedoshim if they DID go! Noch Besser! Who wants these sonei yisroel traipsing around anyways!

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 Jun 24, 2010 at 02:32 PM anonymous Says:

I was liberated on 4-11-1945 in Buchenwald and send this posting to the N.K.. I saw daily korbones of acheinu bnei yisroel

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 Jun 24, 2010 at 03:32 PM Anonymous Says:

The truth hurts. Sheker cannot go to Emes...it would be the antithesis of what they represent.

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 Jun 24, 2010 at 03:37 PM 5T Resident Says:

What are the Germans, dumb? Of COURSE the Iranian delegation would refuse to visit Buchenwald. First, Iran's official position is that the Holocaust never occurred, so for an Iranian politician to visit a concentration camp that establishes that the Holocaust is fact occurred would be counter to government policy and probably would get that politician in a heap of trouble. Second, any Arab visiting any place that gives proof for Israel's raison d'etre is risking execution by his own government.

Its one thing to extend the invitation knowing that it will be refused. Its another to be surprised at the refusal.

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 Jun 24, 2010 at 04:54 PM kulanu chachamim Says:

the iranians don't like old history, they want to make history of their own, r"l
yemach shmam

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 Jun 24, 2010 at 04:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
5T Resident Says:

What are the Germans, dumb? Of COURSE the Iranian delegation would refuse to visit Buchenwald. First, Iran's official position is that the Holocaust never occurred, so for an Iranian politician to visit a concentration camp that establishes that the Holocaust is fact occurred would be counter to government policy and probably would get that politician in a heap of trouble. Second, any Arab visiting any place that gives proof for Israel's raison d'etre is risking execution by his own government.

Its one thing to extend the invitation knowing that it will be refused. Its another to be surprised at the refusal.

Not so fast. The Iranian delegation knew beforehand that Protocol requires them to visit . This is an insult to the germans not the Jews .

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 Jun 24, 2010 at 05:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
5T Resident Says:

What are the Germans, dumb? Of COURSE the Iranian delegation would refuse to visit Buchenwald. First, Iran's official position is that the Holocaust never occurred, so for an Iranian politician to visit a concentration camp that establishes that the Holocaust is fact occurred would be counter to government policy and probably would get that politician in a heap of trouble. Second, any Arab visiting any place that gives proof for Israel's raison d'etre is risking execution by his own government.

Its one thing to extend the invitation knowing that it will be refused. Its another to be surprised at the refusal.

The Germans are not dumb.Cruel , yes but not dumb .

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 Jun 24, 2010 at 08:12 PM bigwheeel Says:

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Clear thinker Says:

Why would they go to a concentration camp. Last year they had their investigation into the holocaust and the representatives of Neturei Kartei who attended probably assured them it was a Zionist plot.

Meanwhile the Iranians (with Ahmadinejad) kept those clowns, (at the Holocaust denial conference) up front, with the Iranian security guards keeping a watchful eye on them. Because there were some real nazis wanting to do harm to them. But ahmadi (yms"h) finally cut his ties with those morons, because he's afraid that a Mossad agent could be disguised as one of them and do a number on him. (Noch dos felt ous.)!

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 Jun 24, 2010 at 08:19 PM bigwheeel Says:

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anonymous Says:

I was liberated on 4-11-1945 in Buchenwald and send this posting to the N.K.. I saw daily korbones of acheinu bnei yisroel

They're a bunch of hypocrites, besides all their other good attributes. do you think they don't know the truth?! They just want their 15 Minutes of fame. It looks like that little Weiss boy (who purports to be their spokesperson.) didn't get enough attention as a little boy in his previous non-religious, pre-BT life.

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 Jun 24, 2010 at 08:37 PM Anonymous Says:

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anonymous Says:

I was liberated on 4-11-1945 in Buchenwald and send this posting to the N.K.. I saw daily korbones of acheinu bnei yisroel

Reb Asher , kol hakovod

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 Jun 25, 2010 at 08:59 AM Anonymous Says:

not to mention the nazis shooting and gassing them!!!

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 Jun 25, 2010 at 12:45 PM anonymous Says:

Today a visit to Buchenwald is meaningless because it is a sanitized version of the Buchenwald I saw. The electrified fence is gone, the watchtower manned by Totenkopf SS does not exist, the stench from the crematoria burning bodies is no longer present and most of all the walking skeletons of prisoners from various nationalities are not there. Today you have a symbol of utmost barbarism still supported by some "civilized" groups.

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 Jun 25, 2010 at 12:47 PM anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

not to mention the nazis shooting and gassing them!!!

Buchenwald fortunately did not have a gas chamber, outside of Poland only Austria had the price of a gas chamber of Mauthausen near Linz.

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