Peres challenges Ahmadinejad to visit Croatian death camp

July 25, 2010 17:56


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President Shimon Peres toured the site of Croatia's World War II concentration camp Sunday, saying it was a demonstration of "sheer sadism," and challenged Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a holocaust denier, to view it.

Peres and Croatian President Ivo Josipovic toured the camp, Jasenovac, where a memorial honors about 85,000 Jews, Serbs, Gypsies and anti-fascist Croats who died here between 1941and 1945 at the hands of Croatia's pro-Nazi regime. Thousands of people also were deported from Croatia to Nazi-run camps where they died.

Peres used the opportunity to refer to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's denials of the Holocaust. "I wish I would see him here" Peres said.

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