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Touring the site of Croatia’s World War II concentration camp, President Shimon
Peres said Sunday it was a demonstration of “sheer sadism” and that Iran’s
president, who has denied the Holocaust, should visit it.
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leaving Croatia to return to Israel, Peres joined Croatian President Ivo
Jospipovic in touring the notorious Jasenovac death camp that was known as the
Croatian “Auschwitz.” Peres used the opportunity to refer to Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s denials of the Holocaust. “I wish I would see him here,”
“And I’m asking myself why does he deny [it]?” he added. “To
permit the legitimacy of continuity to kill.”
Peres placed a huge wreath
in the blue and white colors of Israel on the monument that has been erected to
commemorate all those who met a cruel fate at Jasenovac, among them 17,000
Peres said that this camp had witnessed the most horrific incidents
of killing and hatred.
The Nazis had left a legacy of blood and shame, he
said, and what had occurred in those dark days “obligates us to do all that we
can to save our children and to ensure that such atrocities are never
Peres, who recited Kaddish at the site, said that as a Jew he
could not stand in such a place without feeling the weight of the tragedy of
those who were killed and the difficult struggle of those who had
Peres drew a parallel between the Nazis who had a planned a
final solution to the Jewish problem and Ahmadinejad who not only denies
Holocaust, but also calls for the destruction of Israel.
Echoing some of
the sentiments expressed by Peres, Jospipovic said that Jasenovac was a
of a painful past, a place where the Ustashi had perpetrated the most
crimes and had caused indescribable suffering.
“It is mandatory that we
remember each of the victims and the message that they carry.”