Survivors, diplomats condemn Tehran talks





Rita Weiss has some questions she'd like to put to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Ms. Weiss was just 18 when the Nazis came to her village in Hungary in 1944, and put her entire family on a train to Auschwitz II (Birkenau) concentration camp. She lost her father, her mother, her brother and seven sisters in the gas chambers and crematoria. Of 49 relatives, she was the only survivor.

"I now ask you, Ahmadinejad, what happened to them? Where are they?" Ms. Weiss told a room of diplomats and scholars, her voice creaking with emotion. "They became smoke, ashes, dust."

Ms. Weiss was addressing a conference called "Holocaust denial: Paving the way to Genocide" that was held yesterday at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, a pointed counterattack to a meeting of known Holocaust deniers being hosted in Tehran this week by Mr. Ahmadinejad.


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