Holocaust Museum wants Romania to scrap ‘racist coin’

August 3rd, 2010 - 9:11 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

coin Bucharest, Aug 3 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new Romanian special coin that has the image of Miron Cristea has sparked protest from Jews and particularly the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Cristea who was the former prime minister of Romania stripped Jews of their Romanian citizenship, when he was the head of the country. Cristea was also the country’s Orthodox Church leader from 1925 to 1939.

The coin, which was released by the Romanian Central Bank, got a sharp remark from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum when it was released. The Museum said it was shocked by the decision of the country’s central bank to depict the image of the man (who was responsible for stripping the Romanian citizenship of more than 225,000) on the coin.

Just before the World War II and the holocaust - Cristea who was the prime minister of Romania revised the citizenship law, stripping 39 percent of the Jews of the Romanian citizenship.

But the bank maintains that the coin is part of a collectors’ series of five that are minted in silver to memorize the five Romanian patriarchs who headed the Romanian Orthodox church since 1925.

It ought to be mentioned that during the Holocaust, more than 300,000 Romanian Jews and Gypsies were killed. Currently, the country’s Jewish population is 6,000.

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