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  1. US criticizes Romania central bank for ‘anti-Semitic’ coin

US criticizes Romania central bank for ‘anti-Semitic’ coin

The US Embassy has criticized Romania's central bank for releasing a coin bearing the image of a former bank governor who it said actively promoted anti-Semitism.

By: | Published: May 13, 2016 5:48 PM

The US Embassy has criticized Romania’s central bank for releasing a coin bearing the image of a former bank governor who it said actively promoted anti-Semitism.

The embassy called the bank’s decision to honor former National Bank of Romania Governor Mihail Manoilescu ”disappointing.” In a statement Friday, it said he was ”an active promoter of and contributor to fascist ideology and anti-Semitic sentiment.”

Manoilescu was foreign minister in 1940 when Romania was allied with Nazi Germany. A supporter of the fascist Iron Guard, he signed a diktat under which Romania lost large swaths of territory to Hungary.

The bank minted three coins in mid-April to honor three former banks governors. There was no immediate reaction to the criticism.

Manoilescu died in a Communist prison in 1950.

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