Iran 'Holocaust foundation' demands documents on Jewish massacre

By DPA

Haaretz

Shvat 19,5767

The so-called Holocaust Foundation of Iran has demanded from Austria, Germany and Poland that they submit documents related to the massacre of Jews during the Second World War, state news agency IRNA reported Tuesday.

The head of the Foundation, Mohammad-Ali Ramin, told IRNA that the documents were needed for the "fact-finding commission" to clarify the real extent of the Holocaust and the number of Jewish victims.

The fact-finding commission was formed during a Holocaust conference in Tehran last December, which had been attended by controversial historians challenging the extent of the mass killings of Jews by the German Nazi regime.

The conference had prompted widespread international criticism, and Ramin is well-known for his anti-Semitic standpoints and sympathies for neo-Nazi groups. He has however no official position in Iran's political system.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had branded the Holocaust as a "fairy tale" and demanded the relocation of Israel to either Europe or America.

Ahmadinejad had not attended the Holocaust conference in Tehran but welcomed the formation of the fact-finding commission at a reception of the participants.

Ahmadinejad had blamed the West for allegedly prohibiting any investigation into the Holocaust, while accepting insults against Muslim Prophet Mohammed in form a cartoons as part of freedom of expression.