Romania Urged To Invalidate ‘Racist’ Coin

August 3rd, 2010 - 7:32 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

coin August 3, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): One of the principal Holocaust organizations has urged that the central bank of Romania take out from distribution a remembrance coin. The rationale behind the discomfort of this organization is that the coin memorializes one of the previous heads of the Romanian Orthodox Church (ROC), who was a rather notorious figure. The notorious head in question is Patriarch Miron Cristea, who was the boss of the ROC for 14 years from 1925 to 1939. The reason behind the notoriety of Patriarch is that he had possessed anti-Semitic standpoints and had demanded that the Jews depart from Romania.

Radu Ioanid happens to be a director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Ioanid has divulged that he was appalled by the bank’s resolution to cast the coin portraying the controversial Patriarch, who was also the Romanian Prime Minister from 1938 to 1939.

Ioanid has declared that the racist Patriarch was to blame for modifying the Romanian residency law. This law snatched away the Romanian citizenship from 225,000 Jews. This represented approximately 37% of the Romanian Jewish populace.

Ioanid insisted that the bank remove the coin in a personal letter transported to the Mugur Isarescu on July 29. Isarescu happens to be the Governor of the National Bank. Subsequently, the letter was transported to the Associated Press.

The spokesperson of the National Bank of Romania happens to be Mugur Stet. He has mentioned that the divisive coin in question was a component of a collectors’ sequence of five coins cast in silver. There would be the five Romanian patriarchs, who have directed the Romanian Orthodox Church since 1925. There would not be a particular coin devoted merely to Cristea.

There are simply 6000 Jews today in Romania. The Romanian Governments have, on occasions, repudiated that the annihilation of some 300,000 Jews and Gypsies even occurred during the Holocaust.

Robert Schwartz happens to be a spokesperson for the Romanian Jews in the city of Cluj. He has asserted that it was unfathomable how the notorious Patriarch was able to move across the filter. Robert has divulged that there are revolting facets related to his feelings for the Jews. Robert has stated that there were other Romanians, who had assisted the development of the Jews, who should have been memorialized.

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