Brazil’s president says Holocaust can be forgiven

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro drew veiled rebukes from Israel after saying the Nazi genocide of the Jews during WWII could be forgiven.

The far-right Bolsonaro made a solidarity visit to Israel last month during which he raised eyebrows by asserting, after a tour of the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, that the Nazis had been “leftists.”

Addressing a group of Brazilian evangelicals, Bolsonaro said: “We can forgive, but we can’t forget. That’s my phrase. Those who forget their past are condemned not to have a future.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin wrote on Twitter: “Whether they be individuals or organisations, party heads or heads of state, no one will ordain the Jewish people’s forgiveness, nor can this be obtained through any interest.”

Yad Vashem said in a separate statement: “It is no one’s place to decide who can be forgiven and whether there should be forgiveness for the crimes of the Holocaust.”

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