half a century ago
The current Government takes the share of responsibility held by the Romanian State half a century ago for the victims of the Holocaust and states its wish to continue the cooperation with the international institutions researching this issue, shows a press release issued by the Government’s spokeperson.
The current Government is the one who initiated for the first time in democratic Romania a strong legislative action to condemn the fascist, Nazi, racist and xenophobic extremism, while the Prime Minister and other members of the Cabinet have stated that, unfortunately, the systematic action of extermination through deportation in concentration camps or through executions encompassed the fate of an important part of the Romanian Jews. “The Romanian Government in power during the period 1940-1944 is guilty of serious war crimes, pogroms, deportations in Transnistria, mass relocation of an important part of the Romanian Jewish population in territories occupied and controlled by the Romanian Army using methods of discrimination and extermination which belong to the sinister mechanism of the Holocaust.”
The Government also reminds that the Emergency Ordinance no. 31 of March 31 2002 bans the public denial of the Holocaust, condemns the fascist, Nazi, racist and xenophobe manifestations, and forbids erection of public monuments remembering war criminals. According to the press release, commemorative monuments for the victims of the Holocaust have been erected and the recent one in Targu Mures, created with Government support, is a telling example. The phenomenon of the Holocaust is studied in schools and the National Archives provide unconditioned access to the specialists studying the Holocaust in the Romanian space and the neighboring territories. Thus, Romania understands to contribute to the clarification of dramatic moments of its national history.