“Holocaust can be forgiven”, says Brazilian president asserts Nazis had been “leftists”

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro drew veiled rebukes from Israel on Saturday after saying the Nazi genocide of the Jews during World War Two could be forgiven.

The far-right Bolsonaro made a solidarity visit to Israel last month during which he raised eyebrows by asserting, after a tour of the Holocaust memorial Yad Vadshem, that the Nazis had been “leftists.”

Addressing a group of Brazilian evangelicals on Thursday, Bolsonaro said: “We can forgive, but we can’t forget. That’s my phrase. Those who forget their past are condemned not to have a future.”

There was no immediate response from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has cultivated ties with Bolsonaro.

But President Reuven Rivlin, whose role in Israel is largely ceremonial, wrote on Twitter: “Whether they be individuals or organizations, party heads or heads of state, no one will ordain the Jewish people’s forgiveness, nor can this be obtained through any interest.”

Yad Vashem said in a separate statement: “It is no one’s place to decide who can be forgiven and whether there should be forgiveness for the crimes of the Holocaust.”


Bolsonaro’s remarks directly contradicted information on the museum’s website saying Germany’s Nazi movement rose out of right-wing radical groups responding to the rise of communism.

The Brazilian president echoed previous remarks by his country’s foreign minister, Ernesto Araujo, also claiming the Nazis were leftists.

Asked by reporters if he agreed with Araujo, Bolsonaro said, “There is no doubt, right?”

He went on to say that the Nazi party’s name was the National Socialist Party of Germany, which includes the word “socialist.” The official name was the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.

His visit had initially been seen as potentially boosting Netanyahu’s election prospects but fell short of the Israeli prime minister’s expressed hope that Brazil would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.




One response to ““Holocaust can be forgiven”, says Brazilian president asserts Nazis had been “leftists””

  1. When this The Eternal Jew Hater stop mixing reality with her own perception of time perspective in her tweets- as if the Palestinian arabs took part in the atrocity in Auschwitz Holocaust camp.
    Hind Abyad @HindAbyad
    Palestinians are not responsable for the holocaust!!!!

    Only The Eternal Jew Hater can formulate it as The only genocide permitted to celebrate in the world., not commemorating the genocide (atrocity) in Auschwitz Holocaust camp.
    She is quoting the Jewish Telegraphic Agency about the Palestinian Authority newspaper that calls for violence to disrupt Holocaust event in Jerusalem.
    The French president don’t like to be overrund by the arrogant Israeli police officers who violate international law. “Macron berates Israeli security personnel”, Macron is one of dozens of world leaders attending Thursday’s World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem, which will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. The 42-year-old head of state had seen his visit to St. Anne as a symbolic stop underscoring France’s historical influence in the region.
    Similar incident in 1996
    The issue has been raised as to whether Macron tried to mirror a 1996 incident when then-President Jacques Chirac resigned from the Israeli police in Jerusalem.
    – What do you want? Do you want me to take my flight? Going back to my country? Going back to France? Is that what you want? This is a provocation, “Jacques Chirac said at the time, and then refused to enter St. Anne’s Church before Israeli police left the area.
    The Israeli Foreign Minister has chosen not to comment on the incident, what a surprise….

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