“Why is France commemorating the Holocaust with Iran’s president?” asked an editorial on Fox News on July 26, 2016.
Written by Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Paris-based Europe Office and Marceline Loridan-Ivens, a survivor of Auschwitz, who bears the number 78750 tattooed on her left forearm, the editorial wonders whether French President François Hollande will invite Iranian president Hassan Rouhani to attend services that commemorate that shocking episode in European history.
“January 27th is not just the date that Auschwitz was liberated,” they wrote.
It is also the day that France, along with the rest of the world, thanks to a U.N. resolution, marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, dedicated to recalling the victims of the Nazi genocide and preventing similar crimes against humanity.
Two beautiful sentences in the heart of the article capture its essence:
We already knew that the Iranians are clever, shrewd analysts of world events, skillful diplomats. But until now we didn’t appreciate their dark sense of humor.
Highly recommended reading. Never again. Am Israel Chai!