Iran's Ahmadinejad Invited to Visit Auschwitz

The chairman of the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel, Noach Flug, yesterday invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit Auschwitz as a guest of the International Auschwitz Committee.

Flug, himself a survivor of the camp, is one of the heads of the organization, some of whose members are non-Jewish former prisoners from Poland, Hungary, France, Great Britain and the U.S., among others.

In a letter, Flug wrote that ever since Ahmadinejad became president, "We have been closely following your appearances and racist statements and the fact that you are a serial Holocaust-denier."

Flug mentioned the Iranian leader's letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in which he asserted that the Holocaust was invented by the Allies to embarrass Germany.

"This isn't the first time you have cast doubt on the murder of six million Jews by the Nazis. I have reached the obvious conclusion that you lack all knowledge of the matter."

Flug added that he is convinced that Ahmadinejad's hatred for the Jews would decline and his desire for peace increase after hearing the testimonies of Holocaust survivors.

He also asked the Iranian president to invite representatives of Holocaust survivors to the conference on the Holocaust that Iran is planning to hold in December, which is to include topics such as "reasons for anti-Semitism in Europe" and "the Holocaust and Zionism."

Flug wrote that inviting survivors would enable "serious and factual discussion of the subject."