5 June 2009. Reuters Photo
President Obama while visiting Buchenwald concentration camp today invited Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit the Nazi-era concentration camp for Jews in eastern Germany.
"He should make his own visit," said President Obama who visited the site on Friday. "I have no patience for people who would deny history. And the history of the Holocaust is not something speculative" [Press TV, 5 June 2009].
On Wednesday, Ahmadinejad again called the Holocaust a “big deception.” He had earlier made similar comments about the historical event describing it as a "myth."
President Obama noted that his great uncle helped liberate a camp of Buchenwald during World War II. Buchenwald was created by the Nazis and an estimated 56,000 people are assumed to have been killed there.