Survivors oppose law
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”.