Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie has refused to remove three headstones engraved with swastikas at the graves of German prisoners of war in national cemeteries in San Antonio and Utah, offering instead to make adjustments that put the markers in “historical context.”

“I happen to think that making sure that when people visit our cemeteries they are educated and informed of the horror is an incredibly important thing to do,” Wilkie testified to the House Military Construction-VA Appropriations subcommittee.

“Erasing these headstones removes them from memory,” he added. “And as we continue to study the Holocaust, the last thing any Holocaust scholar wants to do is erase that memory.”

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