Wiesenthal Center criticizes continuing refusal by Wiesel Center to allow MCA Romania director to participate in Romanian national Holocaust ceremony

October 11, 2022

Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center today criticized the continuing decision of the National Institute for Researching the Romanian Holocaust, often referred to as the Elie Wiesel Center, to prohibit the participation of Marco Katz, the director of MCA Romania, the Center for Monitoring and Combatting Anti-Semitism in the official government ceremony to mark Romanian Holocaust Memorial Day this past Friday, October 7.

The irony of this strange and highly insulting decision is that MCA was established in 2002, long before the Wiesel Center was founded, and was the organization which promoted the erection of the national Holocaust monument in Bucharest, where the national government memorial ceremony has been held every year since its establishment in 2008. In addition, MCA played a role in the establishment of the Wiesel Center, by drawing international attention to highly problematic statements regarding anti-Semitism by Romanian government officials, and later by Romanian President Iliescu.

According to the Center's Director of Eastern European Affairs, Holocaust historian Dr. Efraim Zuroff: "It is time to put an end to this shameful boycott of MCA director Marco Katz, whose uncle was one of the victims of the 1941 infamous pogrom in Bucharest by the Romanian Iron Guard. Both organizations have helped Romania make significant progress in commemorating the Shoah and fighting against anti-Semitism, and the sooner they can cooperate, the better the situation regarding the important issues facing Romanian society can be solved."

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