Holocaust Crimes Can Be Forgiven but Not Forgotten, Brazil's Bolsonaro Says

'Those that forget their past are sentenced not to have a future,' the Brazilian president says

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, April 9, 2019.
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro believes the crimes of the Holocaust can be forgiven, but shouldn't be forgotten.

The far-right leader made the comments Thursday night at a meeting with evangelical pastors in Rio de Janeiro. He was applauded by those who attended.

"We can forgive, but we cannot forget. That quote is mine. Those that forget their past are sentenced not to have a future," Bolsonaro said, adding that actions are needed for the Holocaust not to be repeated.

On April 2, Bolsonaro visited the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During that visit, the Brazilian leader labelled Nazism a leftist ideology, a claim rejected by historians.

More than 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust.