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Mon Nov 5, 2018, 03:27 PM

Iowa Rep. Steve King recounts Holocaust tour, defends himself against anti-Semitic accusations


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Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican who has retweeted and met with far-right groups with ties to Nazis, defended himself against accusations of being an anti-Semite over the weekend by telling the story of his recent trip to Poland to visit sites of the Holocaust.

The Jewish nonprofit group From The Depths, which raises money to take members of Congress and other public figures to see Holocaust memorial sites, recently hosted King on a five-day tour through Poland.

Stops included Auschwitz, various museums and Warsaw, the capital city that was completely destroyed during World War II. King and his wife traveled with a concentration camp survivor who is now in his mid-90s and lives in New Jersey.

“To walk through that place and hear from that man all of the things that he experienced and the stories that he knew, to see the grief on his face, to look at that vast expanse in Birkenau of the industrialized slaughter of people that I do not understand why anyone would dislike any of them, is a stunning experience,” King said at a question-and-answer event in Iowa’s 4th District over the weekend.

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