German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder accidentally extinguished Israel’s eternal flame for the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust. During a visit to Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial on Tuesday, Schroeder turned a handle that was supposed to make the flame rise. When it went out instead, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak tried to help, but to no avail. Finally, a technician used a cigarette lighter to reignite the flame.
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