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Iran's 'Moderate' New President on Whether Holocaust a Myth: 'I'm Not a Historian'

10:20 AM, Sep 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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In an unaired portion of an interview with NBC correspondent Ann Curry, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani did not refute his predecessor's claim that the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Germany was a "myth."

"President [Mahmoud] Ahmadeinejad said that the Holocaust is a myth," said Curry, wearing a head scarf. "Do you agree?"

Through a translator, Rouhani replied: "I'm not a historian. I'm a politician. What is important for us is that the countries of the region and the people grow closer to each other and that they are able to prevent aggression and injustice."

Curry did not follow up on the question. Watch the video below:

Dan Amira at New York says, "Rouhani doesn't explicitly deny the Holocaust. But he refuses to acknowledge its existence, which isn't much better. You do not need to be a historian to know that the Holocaust happened any more than you need to be a barber to believe in Rouhani's beard."

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