a way of avoiding having to examine their own role as collaborators. This has led Jewish communities from Budapest to Zagreb to boycott their own country’s official commemorations.
Governments such as Lithuania have pushed what the Simon Wiesenthal Centre calls the double genocide theory, which equates Communist crimes to Nazi ones. Jews, they assert, were not special in their victimhood. This is an especially prevalent view in Ukraine, where the Holodomor, a man-made famine caused by the Soviet Union in the 1930s, is frequently termed the genocide of the Ukrainian people.
However, despite all of those who died during the Nazi terror, the only group subjected to a systematic campaign intended to erase them from the face of the earth was the Jews.
Downplaying the Jewish nature of the Holocaust, a term coined to refer to the destruction of the Jews, is a favourite tactic of Holocaust deniers who know that claiming that six million Jews were not murdered is a hard sell for many.
And by engaging in historical revi- sionism, the Trump White House is making life easier for deniers everywhere. The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, happily reported that the President was “exceeding expectations in pushing back against Jewish supremacy”.
But Mr Trump’s Holocaust statement was not the worst event on Saturday. Even as he claimed to be “deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent”, the President was busy barring those fleeing for their lives. Innocent Muslims, Christians and Yazidis were being turned away from America. But they were not the only ones. According to the Associated Press, the White House also suspended a programme allowing Iranians — including Jews — fleeing to the West to travel to the US through Austria.
Let that sink in. The White House is blocking Jewish refugees.
As a news reporter I am supposed to be objective, aloof. I am not supposed to issue an opinion. But as the son of a woman born in a refugee camp in Germany, I cannot be silent. On Saturday, the White House committed a crime against the Jewish people.