Bolsonaro: Crimes Of The Holocaust “Can Be Forgiven”

The Times Of Israel reports:

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he believes the crimes of the Holocaust can be forgiven, but shouldn’t be forgotten. The far-right leader made the comments Thursday night at a meeting with evangelical pastors in Rio de Janeiro. He was applauded by those who attended.

“We can forgive, but we cannot forget. That quote is mine. Those that forget their past are sentenced not to have a future,” Bolsonaro said, adding that actions are needed for the Holocaust not to be repeated.

On April 2, Bolsonaro visited the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During that visit, the Brazilian leader labeled Nazism a leftist ideology, a claim rejected by historians.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Yad Vashem, Israel’s most prominent Holocaust museum and research center, slammed Brazillian President Jair Bolsonaro for suggesting one can forgive the crimes of the Nazis and other perpetrators the Holocaust.

“It is not the place of anyone to decide if it is possible to forgive the crimes of the Holocaust,” said Yad Vashem spokeswoman Dana Weiler-Polak.

She continued, “From the day of its founding, Yad Vashem has worked for the continuation of the memory and meaning [of the Holocaust] for the Jewish people and for mankind as a whole.”

The National Post reports:

In 1998, as federal deputy in Brazil’s Congress, Bolsonaro defended students at a military school in the southern city of Porto Alegre who voted for Adolf Hitler, among other figures, as the historic character they admired the most.

“They have to choose those who knew, in one way or another, how to impose order and discipline,” Bolsonaro said at the time, adding that he did not agree with the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime.