OF­FEN­SIVE COM­PAR­I­SON

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

The head­ing of the JC re­port discussing the Chief Rabbi’s re­cent visit to refugee camps in Greece ( JC, Nov 19), Camp has made me think of Auschwitz, is of­fen­sive and ill-ad­vised.

To com­pare the con­di­tion of refugees flee­ing from war-rav­aged coun­tries who now find a glim­mer of hope in refugee camps, to the con­di­tions in the no­to­ri­ous death camp Auschwitz is, quite frankly, ridicu­lous.

How­ever dif­fi­cult the refugees’ sit­u­a­tion may be, it can­not be rea­son­ably com­pared to mass ex­ter­mi­na­tion.

It ap­pears from the con­tent of the re­port that Rabbi Mirvis has been mis­quoted as this claim clearly demon­strates a lack of un­der­stand­ing and sen­si­tiv­ity.

Were a politi­cian to make the same re­marks, I do be­lieve there would be an out­cry of an­ti­semitism as to use the Holo­caust as a com­par­i­son un­der­mines its true atroc­ity and is of­fen­sive to sur­vivors.

As a grand­daugh­ter of an Auschwitz sur­vivor, I am cer­tain that there is no equiv­a­lence be­tween Auschwitz and 21st-cen­tury refugee camps.

Tell me, do they use Zyk­lon B in the gas cham­bers in Greece? Avi­tal Men­del­sohn, Lon­don Nw11

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