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      Member of European Parliament Denies Holocaust on Romanian TV

      Romanian member of the European Parliament denies the Holocaust on national television.
      By Rachel Hirshfeld
      First Publish: 10/24/2012, 5:13 PM

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      The Elie Wiesel Holocaust institute called on prosecutors to launch legal action against Corneliu Vadim Tudor, a Romanian member of the European Parliament, for denying the Holocaust on national television. 

      "We call on the prosecutor's office and other state institutions to launch an investigation regarding this case of explicit denial of the Holocaust in Romania," the Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of Holocaust in Romania said in a statement.   

      The far-right Romanian MEP, who for years has made racist and anti-Semitic statements, said on television last week that "there never was a Holocaust in Romania".   

      "I will deny it until I die because I love my people," he added.   

      The Institute also called on the country’s Audiovisual Council to probe the television network Realitatea TV, which provided Vadim Tudor with a podium for Holocaust denial.

      Between 280,000 and 380,000 Romanian and Ukrainian Jews were killed in Romania and its territories during the Holocaust, according to a commission headed by Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel, who is himself a Romanian-born Jew.