Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Outrage in Romania Over Anti-Semitic Xmas Carol; Lyrics Call for Jews to Be Burned in a Chimney

Romania faced mounting outrage on December 20 after a choir performed a Christmas carol on public television that glorified the Holocaust and said Jews should be burned in a chimney, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports today (December 25, 2013).

The carol -- performed by a folk group in the northwestern Cluj region -- features lyrics that use the pejorative term "jidovi" for Jews and includes a line that says Jews are good "only in the chimney, only in smoke."

Romanian foreign minister Titus objected to the song. "I strongly condemn any form of anti-Semitism, even more when it happens to be spread through a public media," he said.

The U.S. embassy called the broadcast "an unacceptable display of anti-Semitism that must be condemned in the strongest, most unequivocal terms."

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