TEHRAN, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Jewish groups worldwide expressed anger Monday as Iran opened a two-day conference in Tehran to determine if the Holocaust is reality or myth.
Manouchehr Mohammadi, Iran's deputy foreign minister for research, told the state news agency IRNA Jewish scholars and rabbis were among the nearly 70 invited guests, but said for security reasons he would not name the attendees.
He said the decision to host the conference was made based on international anger at Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's frequent claims that the extermination of 6 million Jews by the Nazi regime in World War II is a gross exaggeration.
In Los Angeles, the Simon Wiesenthal Center announced it would host a teleconference on its Web site midday Monday to counter the Iranian event, CNN reported. The center said its offices in New York and Toronto would participate in interviewing about 70 Holocaust survivors.