Germany Condemns Cartoon Competition in Iran Depicting Holocaust
Germany said the competition sows hatred and deepens divisions in the Middle East.
- Germany condemned a cartoon contest in Iran depicting the Holocaust on Wednesday, saying it sows hatred and deepens divisions in the Middle East. It was organised by non-governmental bodies with support from Iran’s hard-liners.
- A previous contest in 2006 got a boost from then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who called the Holocaust a “myth.” German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said that it was the murder of 6 million people for which Germans bear guilt and responsibility, and it can’t be ridiculed.
- Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier made clear during a February visit to Tehran that no further such competition should take place, and called the incident “regrettable”.
(With inputs from AP.)
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