Auschwitz Gaffe Trips Obama

Candidate mixes up his camps when talking about great-uncle
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2008 7:00 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during a Memorial Day town hall-style meeting at the Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces, N.M., Monday, May 26, 2008.    (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has admitted he got his concentration camps mixed up when speaking to a Memorial Day audience, Reuters reports. The candidate spoke of how his great-uncle helped liberate Auschwitz when, as Republicans were quick to point out, that couldn't have happened unless his relative was in the Soviet Red Army. Obama's great-uncle was actually among the American troops who liberated the prisoners at Buchenwald.