February 26th, 2009

Central Council's Vice-President Dieter Graumann criticises "apology" from Holocaust denier

Düsseldorf – The Vice-President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany , Dieter Graumann, has rejected bishop Richard Williamson's apology for his Holocaust denial calling it a "third-rate regret". "Williamson by no means recants his mendacious statements about the Holocaust and its denial, he just regrets the harm his words have caused," said Graumann in an interview to Handelsblatt.com. He emphasised that the Central Council was by no means satisfied with Williamson's "thoroughly bungled apology" and that the matter was still far from being settled. Graumann once again harshly criticised Pope Benedict XVI's decision to lift Williamson's excommunication despite his Holocaust denial. "Regrettably, the Vatican has not yet corrected this fatal mistake," he said.

The Secretary General of the Central Council of Jews in Germany , Stephan J. Kramer, called Williamson's apology "half-hearted". He said that the apology had not settled the matter and that Williamson needed to withdraw his comments on the Holocaust. In his interview to the news agency ap, Kramer said that Williamson was not alone with his anti-Judaism as anti-Judaistic views were common among the members of the Society of St. Pius X. (26.2.2009)