Holocaust Museum Demands That Romania Scrap New Racist Coin

August 3rd, 2010 - 11:01 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

coin Aug 3 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum is making demands that the central bank of Romania take a newly released commemorative coin out of circulation, which shows an anti-Semitic former church leader who was in charge of forcing many Jews to flee from Romania.

Museum director Radu Ioanid stated that he was shocked that the bank decided to mint the coin in the first place, and is demanding that it be taken back. The coin depicts the Patriarch known as Miron Cristea, who was the leader of the Romanian Orthodox Church from 1925 until 1939.

According to Ioanid, Cristea was the prime minister from 1938 until 1939 and was the one who revised the laws of citizenship that then took the rights of 225,000 Jews and removed them from being citizens of Romania. The National Bank Governor Mugur Isarescu was sent a letter from Ioanid on July 29 which demanded that the coin be withdrawn.

The coin is a part of a set of five in a collector’ series which features the five patriarchs fo the country who led the Romanian Orthodox Church since 1925. There are now only about 6000 Jews in Romania, and the government has often denied that the death of 300,000 Jews and Gypsies during the Holocaust actually even took place.

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