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Romanian Public Funds Financing Fascist Children's Book

Romanian public funds have been financing a children’s poetry book that features Romania’s World War II fascist leader on its cover.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 4/18/2012, 7:57 PM

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A Holocaust research center in Romania announced that public funds have been used to finance a children’s poetry book that features Romania’s World War II fascist leader on its cover, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

The National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania condemned a local council for helping publish the book, which was written by George Ungureanu, a former member of a neo-Nazi group active in Romania during World War II.

The book’s cover features a picture of Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, the founder of the fascist Iron Guard legion.

The legionnaires, as Iron Guard members were known, gained notoriety for their vicious anti-Semitism, as well as their fascist, anti-communist and orthodox Christian ideals.

In 1941, they went on a torture-and-killing spree, murdering thousands of Jews in Bucharest, noted the AP.

There was no immediate reaction from Ungureanu or Romanian authorities.