Yad Vashem has launched a version of its Web site in Farsi to educate Iran about the Nazi slaughter of 6 million Jews. The site was unveiled this week to coincide with the UN's annual Holocaust remembrance day on Saturday, officials said. "Every year, nearly 20,000 people from Muslim countries, including Iran, visit the Yad Vashem Web site," said Avner Shalev, Yad Vashem's chairman. "We believe that making credible, comprehensive information about the Holocaust available to Persian speakers can contribute to the fight against Holocaust denial."
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called the Holocaust a "myth" and said Israel should be "wiped off the map." Last month, Iran hosted a conference that questioned whether the Holocaust took place.
Saturday marked the 62nd anniversary of the Auschwitz death camp's liberation by the advancing Soviet army, and came a day after the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning the denial of the Holocaust. Only Iran rejected the resolution.
The UN resolution did not single out any country, but Israel and the United States both suggested that Iran should take note, especially after last month's conference.
Yad Vashem's Farsi site includes 20 historical chapters, including dozens of photos, arranged chronologically, from the rise of the Nazis to power until the postwar trials of Nazi leaders. The site also includes a poem by Abramek Koplowicz, a Jewish boy murdered in Auschwitz at age 14.
Yad Vashem also has English, Hebrew and Russian versions of its Web site. Yad Vashem spokeswoman Estee Yaari said Saturday that an Arabic-language site was also in planning.