Alliance for the Union of Romanians party slammed for calling Holocaust education a ‘minor issue’

A Romanian political party has been criticized for calling teaching about the Holocaust a “minor issue”.

The Alliance for the Union of Romanians, or AUR party, which holds 43 seats in the Romanian parliament, released a statement accusing the government of relegating “fundamental subjects” such as “exact sciences, language and literature Romanian women and national history” in favor of “minor subjects” such as “sex education” and “the history of the Holocaust”.

The government, the statement said, is trying to “undermine the quality of the education system in Romania”.

The government’s special representative for the fight against anti-Semitism, Alexandru Muraru, reportedly hinted at the possibility of banning the AUR, calling the party a “threat to the Romanian constitutional order”.

In defense of his party, AUR co-leader Claudiu Tarziu said, “We are Christians, so we cannot be anti-Semites.” He denied calling the Holocaust a “minor issue” and referred to the “sinister horrors” inflicted on Jews by “the Nazi regime”.

The AUR has sparked controversy since its surprising election result in 2020, when it won 9% of the vote and entered parliament for the first time, as its leaders are said to have defended historical figures who served in the war regime. of Ion Antonescu, who was allied with the Nazis.

According to official Romanian statistics, between 280,000 and 380,000 Jews were murdered or died in the territories under Romanian administration during World War II.

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Helen D. Jessen