BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Holocaust research center in Romania says public funds were used to finance a children’s poetry book that features on its cover Romania’s World War II-era fascist leader.

The National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania blasted a local council on Tuesday for helping publish the book by 100-year-old George Ungureanu, a former member of a pro-Hitler group active in Romania during the World War II.

The book has Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, the founder of the fascist Iron Guard legion, in its cover.

There was no immediate reaction from Ungureanu or Romanian authorities.

The legionnaires, as Iron Guard members were known, gained notoriety for their vicious anti-Semitism. In 1941, they went on a torture-and-killing spree, slaying thousands of Jews in Bucharest.

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