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Major Jewish Group Appalled at Proposal to Exempt German Muslims From Concentration Camp Visits
by Shiryn Ghermezian
Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) expressed shock on Monday over a call by a Bavarian parliamentary member to exclude German Muslims and other immigrant students from visiting concentration camps as part of Holocaust educational programs.
"There are a lot of children from Muslim families who do not have a connection to our past," said Christian Society Union (CSU) MP Klaus Steiner, justifying the exclusion in his speech to the Bavarian Parliament. "We have to approach this topic carefully with these children."
SWC Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, wrote a letter to German Federal Education Minister Dr. Johanna Wanka saying her Bavarian coalition partner is promoting Holocaust denial with his proposal.
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