Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said that the crimes of the Holocaust should be forgiven but should not be forgotten, according to an Associated Press report.
"We can forgive, but we cannot forget. That quote is mine. Those who forget their past are sent to have a future, "Bolsonaro said on Thursday while meeting with evangelical pastors in Rio de Janeiro.
The right-wing Brazilian leader added that actions are needed to ensure that the Holocaust is not repeated
Bolsonaro's comments come after he visited the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Bolsonaro reported that the Nazi party's formal name included the term "socialist." Nazis followed a fascist ideology despite the word "socialist" appearing in the party's official name, which was the National Socialist German Workers' Party.
His claims have been rejected by historians who state that Nazism voted from right-wing radical groups to the rise of communism, Reuters noted.