Holo­caust re­vi­sion­ism

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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.

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