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Memorial honors Holocaust dead

October 09, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Romania unveiled a memorial to some 300,000 Jews and Gypsies killed during the Holocaust in the nation, which at times denied that the genocide even happened.

President Traian Basescu said it was Romania's duty to "recognize the genocide during World War II." Basescu was joined by Holocaust survivors and other leaders during the unveiling of the marble and concrete monument.

Romania today has only 6,000 Jews. Its role in the Holocaust and the deportation of Jews was ignored by the Communists and minimized by subsequent governments.

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