Yad Vashem launches Farsi Holocaust website

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Yad Vashem launched a Farsi language website, documenting the Holocaust, which has drawn thousands, including Iranians.

Israel’s Holocaust Memorial said that a total of 11,000 have visited the site and over 2,000 of them Iranians. The Farsi language version of the website, at Yad Vashem in Persian, includes historical material with pictures and poems by victims to educate readers of the reality of 6 million Jews. It contains 20 chronological chapters, beginning with rise of the Nazis in 1925 to the fall of Berlin in 1945.

“We believe that making credible, comprehensive information about the Holocaust available to Persian speakers can contribute to the fight against Holocaust denial,” said Avner Shalev, chairman of Yad Vashem.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad describes the Holocaust as “a myth” and calls for Israel to be “wiped off the map.”

“As an Iranian, I feel ashamed of his (Ahmadinejad’s) comments and I am quite certain that people of my country feel the same way,” said one Iranian reader. “History is distorted here and people have not much information about World War II and the Holocaust.”

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