YORBA LINDA, Calif. – A former library director says naming a theater at the revamped Richard Nixon Presidential Library museum for a Nixon Administration staffer who counted Jewish government workers at Nixon's request sends the wrong message to visitors.
New York University professor Timothy Naftali says placing Fred Malek's name on the theater that shows an introductory film about Nixon is "outrageous."
Naftali posted the comments on Twitter shortly after the Southern California museum reopened following a $15 million makeover.
Malek has come under fire for counting Jewish staffers at Nixon's request in 1971. He has since said he regretted doing so.
The Nixon Foundation says it is proud to have Malek's name on the theater.
A message seeking comment was sent to Nixon Library officials.