Israel: Regime demands apology after Lavrov says Hitler had Jewish roots

Source: Reuters

“Israel lambasted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday for claiming that Adolf Hitler had Jewish origins, saying it was an ‘unforgivable’ falsehood that debased the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. In a signal of sharply deteriorating relations with Moscow, the Israeli foreign ministry summoned the Russian ambassador and demanded an apology. … Lavrov made the assertion on Italian television on Sunday when he was asked why Russia said it needed to ‘denazify’ Ukraine if the country’s own president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, was himself Jewish. ‘When they say ‘What sort of nazification is this if we are Jews,’ well I think that Hitler also had Jewish origins, so it means nothing,’ Lavrov told Rete 4 channel, speaking through an Italian interpreter. … The identity of one of Hitler’s grandfathers is not known but there has been some speculation, never backed up by any evidence, that he might have been a Jew.” (05/02/22)