The Australian Jewish News (Sydney) (June 20, 2003)

ROMANIA ACKNOWLEDGES HOLOCAUST ROLE JERUSALEM - Just days after denying that there was any Holocaust inside Romania's borders, the government on Tuesday acknowledged that the country's former leaders participated in the Holocaust during World War II by deporting and exterminating Romanian Jews.

The government's earlier denial sparked a storm of criticism, outraging Romanian Jews and straining the country's relations with Israel. Romania was home to 760,000 Jews before World War II. More than half of them were killed during the war.