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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Denounces Iranian Conference on the Holocaust

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum today strongly denounced the conference on the Holocaust being held in Tehran on December 11 and 12, 2006. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council Chairman Fred S. Zeidman stated, “This conference deserves worldwide condemnation. It will serve as nothing more than an international platform for Holocaust denial, which is just another form of antisemitism.”

“The Holocaust is the most well-documented crime in human history,” says Zeidman. “The overwhelming majority of the material evidence comes from the official records of the perpetrators themselves who have never denied their responsibility for their crime.”

On December 6, the German foreign ministry officially condemned the conference, calling it “unacceptable,” and “shocking” that any person would question Israel’s right to exist and the fact of the Holocaust.

“This conference is an outrageous affront to historical truth and to the memory of the six million Jews, and the millions of others, who were murdered under Nazism,” continues Zeidman.

The Museum brings Holocaust education to millions of people each year through its exhibitions, programs and Web site. The Web site, www.ushmm.org, is expected to receive some 15 million visitors this year, from an average of 100 different countries every day. The site receives online visitors from many countries with majority Muslim populations, including UAE, Turkey, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Morocco, Pakistan, and Nigeria. The web site is being translated into Arabic, Farsi and other languages in response to this demand.

The Museum has in its collection more than 37 million pages of archival material, 74,000 historic photographs and images, more than 12,000 artifacts, and almost 1,000 hours of film and video documentation. The overwhelming majority of this material comes from perpetrators and official records, as well as eyewitness testimony not only from victims and survivors but also from liberators, perpetrators and bystanders.

For more information, and to see the Museum’s February 2006 statement on this conference, visit www.ushmm.org/museum/press/.

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