“That ambassador of theirs also comes and brings out those figures with 400,000 Jews who died in the Holocaust.”

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 9:26 p.m.

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Erwin Şimşensohn, the manager of the State Theater in Constanţa, announced that he withdrew from the working group for the elaboration of the Cultural Strategy of Constanţa Municipality due to some anti-Semitic remarks, adevarul.ro shows.

Until 10 minutes ago, I was part of the “Executive Working Group for the elaboration of the cultural strategy of Constanţa”. An online meeting of the members of this group took place today, to discuss on the basis of a draft document to be put up for public debate.

During the debates, Mrs. Lavinia Dumitraşcu proposed that, in the chapter dedicated to minorities, the restoration of the Constanta synagogue, which is in an advanced state of degradation, be included.

At that moment, a retired professor (I prefer not to call him) intervened as follows: “Yes, why don’t they do it, through that association of theirs? Are they waiting for us to do it for them? Why should the Romanian state do it for them? But why don’t they find some American Jews with money to do it? That gentleman comes from them and has pretensions… Then comes their ambassador and brings out those figures with 400,000 Jews who died in the Holocaust… ”

I intervened in the discussion and explained to the professor that just as the Jews in Romania are part of the Romanian society as Romanian citizens, so the synagogues are part of the Romanian cultural heritage, especially those like the one in Constanţa, which bears witness to a past. in which the Jewish community played an important role in the life of the Tomitan city.

And I explained to that gentleman that his assessments are deeply offensive and denote shameful anti-Semitism.

Then I left the meeting. Recently, I sent to Mr. Dorin Popescu (personal advisor to the mayor n.red.), The coordinator of this strategy, the fact that I withdraw from this group, because I do not want to be in any way associated with characters who issue anti-Semitic judgments. . I gave him my full readiness to continue supporting the efforts to develop the cultural life of Constanta, but not in a forum with that gentleman “.

According to adevarul.ro, Stelian Ion, the former Minister of Justice, also commented: “The episode you reported is very serious! It was not you who had to withdraw from that working group, but that gentleman had to be removed instantly. I hope it is an isolated case, although I also notice in the comments above some unqualifiable slippages. “

Source: Breaking News – Cele mai importante stiri – Ziare.com by ziare.com.

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