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Romanian Minister Calls Holocaust Remarks 'Completely Wrong'

Romanian minister Dan Sova said Friday that his remarks denying the Holocaust were "completely wrong.”
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 8/12/2012, 9:03 AM

Anti-Defamation League Dir. Abe Foxman
Anti-Defamation League Dir. Abe Foxman
Yoni Kempinski

Romanian minister Dan Sova said Friday that his remarks denying the Holocaust were "completely wrong,” The European Jewish Press reported.

"The remarks I made during a televised program about the Holocaust in Romania are completely wrong," Sova said in a statement released by the government.

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta promoted Sova to minister for parliamentary relations on August 6, only five months after being demoted from the position of party spokesman due to his claims that “no Jew suffered on Romanian territory” during World War II.

According to an international historians' commission headed by Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel, a total of 280,000 to 380,000 Romanian and Ukrainian Jews were brutally murdered during the Holocaust in Romania and the territories under its control.

Sova said he wanted to "back regrets and apologies with concrete actions", stressing that he planned to organize history courses about the Holocaust.   

The Anti-Defamation League recently urged the government to have Sova make “a more substantial and lasting impact [in the fight against anti-Semitism] by moving from words to deeds.”

“It is imperative that Mr. Sova make a full and clear public apology for the comments he made in March denying the Holocaust,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.

“A public apology by Mr. Sova and his proactive engagement in reforming the law prohibiting fascist and racist organizations will make clear to all that he and the Romanian government are committed to fighting anti-Semitism.”