Sur­vivors op­pose law

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY RACHEL FLETCHER AND LEON SY­MONS

TWO AUSCHWITZ sur­vivors agreed with the 63 per cent of re­spon­dents to the YouGov poll who op­posed crim­i­nal­is­ing Holo­caust de­nial.

North Lon­doner Fred­die Knoller, 85, ex­plained: “We are in a coun­try that has free­dom of speech and I wouldn’t like to change that. I’m not sur­prised [so many peo­ple op­pose it the idea]. Most peo­ple be­lieve in free­dom of speech.”

Fel­low North Lon­doner David Her­man, 77, said: “You can’t make peo­ple do things by force. If they want to deny it, it’s up to them en­tirely.”

But an­other Auschwitz sur­vivor, Arek Hersh of Leeds, felt that a law against Holo­caust de­nial would be “a good idea. It is a fact and to deny it is wrong, in my view.”

His­to­rian Pro­fes­sor David Ce­sarani said it was bet­ter to “pe­nalise” Holo­caust de­nial, ex­plain­ing: “One gets pe­nalised if we break a speed limit or park on yel­low lines. Once you start talk­ing about crim­i­nal­is­ing Holo­caust de­nial, peo­ple get very un­easy.”

Jewish Wal­sall North Labour MP David Win­nick said he could “un­der­stand hav­ing such a law in Ger­many, but I would be most hes­i­tant to have one in this coun­try”.

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