‘Mourning Nazis’: Trump ambassador blasted for visiting WWII-era cemetery on Jewish day of mourning, lamenting cost of war
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U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra on Thursday visited a cemetery and called the experience a "terrible reminder of the cost of going to war and why we must always work towards peace." Hoekstra is a former GOP Congressman who served as the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

The cemetery is the burial place of dead German soldiers from both WWI and WWII. Thursday was a Jewish day of mourning, Tisha B'Av, known as "the saddest day on the Jewish calendar."

In World War II the Nazis murdered an estimated 6 million Jews.

The nonprofit news site Michigan Advance notes that "Neo-Nazis have been known to visit to honor Nazis buried" at at the Ysselsteyn German war cemetery. It is the largest World War II German cemetery.

Why a United States Ambassador is mourning the deaths of German soldiers is incomprehensible to many, who expressed outrage on social media.

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