Romania is marking Holocaust Day on Friday to commemorate the hundreds of thousands of victims who died in World War II.
Last year, a ceremony in Bucharest as marred after two men placed a wreath inscribed with messages disparaging the Holocaust.
”Romania saved 400,000 Jews during the Holocaust” read one message. The second message, in English said. “Let’s not forget: half the truth is a lie.”
Journalist Petru Clej appealed to Holocaust deniers to refrain on Friday “I have a request—don’t smear the memory of the victims of the Nazi and fascist regime. For at least one day, keep silent,” he wrote in G4Media.
The Elie Wiesel International Committee for the Study of the Holocaust published a report in 2004 saying that Romanian authorities were responsible for the deaths of 280,000 to 380,000 Jews and 11,000 Roma from 1940 to 1944 during World War II.
In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated 27 January as the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, the day when the world would mark and remember the Holocaust and its victims.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp complex was liberated on January 27, 1945.
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