Stone Says Sorry for Holocaust Comments

Oliver Stone has sought to minimize the impact of allegedly anti-Semitic comments he made in an interview with Britain’s Sunday Times, issuing an apology on Monday for the “clumsy association” he made about the Holocaust in promoting his latest documentary.

In a statement released through Stone’s publicist, Rubenstein Communications, the Academy Award-winning director said: “In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret.”

In the Times interview, Stone was quoted as saying that “Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30 [million killed].” He said that too much focus on the Holocaust was due to “the Jewish domination of the media…They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy for years.”

The comments drew fire from Israel’s Diaspora Affairs and Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein, who said that Stone’s comments were anti-Semitic. “When a man of Stone’s stature says such things, it could lead to a new wave of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism, and it may even cause real harm to Jewish communities and individuals.”