Trump administration ‘flirting’ with Holocaust denial, says Deborah Lipstadt


Holocaust scholar warns that while omission of Jews from White House statement may have been an error, refusal to make correction sends ‘deeply disturbing’ signals

Times of Israel

A professor of Holocaust studies at Emory University in Atlanta has accused the Trump administration of “flirting with Holocaust denial” by failing to mention Jews in its statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day — and then refusing to acknowledge its mistake.

Deborah Lipstadt, writing in The Atlantic, said that while the initial omission may have been an error, the insistence on grouping Jews along with other victims of the Nazi regime is “what I term softcore Holocaust denial…It does not deny the facts, but it minimizes them.”

In her piece, Lipstadt explains that while millions of innocents were killed by the Nazis and their policies, none were persecuted in so systematic, so precise a manner as the Jews.

“It was only the Jews whose destruction could not wait until after the war. Only in the case of the Jews could war priorities be overridden” to advance the cause of extermination.

Lipstadt, subject of the 2016 movie “Denial” on her legal battle with prominent Holocaust denier British historian David Irving in the 1990s, accused the White House of endorsing the language of “softcore” deniers, who seek to de-Judaize the Holocaust. She noted the affinity that some in the Trump administration – particularly Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, have to the “alt-right,” a movement that has embraced the resurgent nationalism now prevalent in parts of Europe.

“It may have all started as a mistake by a new administration that is loath to admit it’s wrong,” she wrote. “Conversely, it may be a conscious attempt by people with anti-Semitic sympathies to rewrite history. Either way it is deeply disturbing.”

On Monday the White House press secretary lashed out at criticism over the White House’s statement, calling it “pathetic” that people were “nitpicking” the president’s efforts to highlight and remember the tragedy.

“The idea that you’re nitpicking a statement that sought to remember this tragic event that occurred and the people who died in it is just ridiculous,” Sean Spicer said. “To suggest that remembering the Holocaust and acknowledging all of the people — Jewish, gypsies, priests, disabled, gays and lesbians — is frankly pathetic that people are picking on a statement.”

On Friday, the administration released a press release remembering the victims of the Shoah, but without specifically noting the 6 million Jews who were targeted and killed by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany, an omission that led to criticism from Jewish groups and others.

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt promptly exclaimed that it was “puzzling and troubling” that the administration’s 117-word statement did not mention the persecution of the Jews, which was central to the Nazi genocide.

Trump’s statement, Greenblatt said, “misses that it was six million Jews who perished, not just ‘innocent people.’”

The omission also drew frustration from members of the Jewish community who have been allies of the president.

The staunchly pro-Trump Zionist Organization of America released a statement by its president Morton Klein that said the organization felt “compelled to express our chagrin and deep pain at President Trump, in his Holocaust Remembrance Day Message, omitting any mention of anti-Semitism and the six million Jews who were targeted and murdered by the German Nazi regime and others.”

And a spokesman for the Republican Jewish Coalition said “the lack of a direct statement about the suffering of the Jewish people during the Holocaust was an unfortunate omission.”

Asked about this backlash during his daily press briefing, Spicer said the White House did not find any fault in its management of the message, adding he was disappointed anyone would complain.

“The president went out of his way to recognize the Holocaust and the suffering that went through it and the people that were affected by it and the loss of life, and to make sure that America never forgets what so many people through, whether they were Jews or gypsies, gays, disability, priests,” he said.

  1. #1 by JOAN SOLMS on 02/01/2017 - 9:34

    Last nite I spent hours rereading Joseph Sobran’s (RIP)newsletters. We should have cloned him. He wrote with such humor and suggested a way to bring down tyrannical oligarchs is with humor. I agree, but that we have not tells me we lack those writing skills and public speaking ability to bring it off. I try. Need to try harder I guess.

  2. #2 by TruthOutJournal on 02/01/2017 - 9:34

    You’re right Joan Solms. Humor in truth can help disarm the parasites.

    What do you call a jewish person that says they escaped from the holohoax, while their parents and grandparent were gassed and made into soap and lampshades?…. give up?…….a Liar.

  3. #3 by Frederick on 02/01/2017 - 9:34

    Hasn’t anyone told the jews that their “6 Million” is total B-S?? It’s been proven beyond any doubt that the “6 Million” is patently preposterous!! Stop already! Why won’t someone openly challenge the lies?? They’re easy enough to prove…Their whole claim about the Holocaust is a LIE! C’mon, let’s have an open, public debate over 10 nights on prime-time TV with experts from both sides. Let’s issue an open challenge; maybe that will shut their lying mouths!

    Time for the “Holocaust” lie to be put to rest once & for all!

  4. #4 by jenniferweneedloveandtrustnow on 02/01/2017 - 9:34

    Ya’ll are pretty full of poop. If Hitler had wanted them all killed, they would not have been mulling around in camps. Nice try.

    Hitler was too nice. Have you ever seen exactly how vicious Jews can be? Killers!

  5. #5 by Michael Monikowski on 02/01/2017 - 9:34

    When in 1983 the pope John Paul II visited Vienna, he spoke among others of victims of WW2. Immediately after that he was called an “anti-Semite” by some local Jews. Reason? He was “not saying enough” about Jewish suffering…

  6. #6 by Tony on 02/02/2017 - 9:34

    I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan (Revelation 2:9).
    Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee (Revelation 3:9).

  7. #7 by Charlene on 02/02/2017 - 9:34

    You people are truly delusional and grasping its really time to stop your making fools of yourselves with these crazy untrue bizarre theories and stories your all nuts and pushing us closer to the right keep it up

  8. #8 by Frederick on 02/05/2017 - 9:34

    Every time a hebe repeats the “6 Million” lie, it should never go unchallenged! Every time, it should be denied as a lie. NEVER allow the “6 Million” lie to be uttered without a challenge!

    People need to get used to hearing the Truth about the “Holocaust”. The more they hear it, the more they’ll listen and it won’t be a shock. I’m an ardent Holocaust Denier, yet at one time I too was shocked by Holocaust Denial. Being objective, I researched it and was easily turned. The Truth is so transparent when it comes to claims of the “Jew Holocaust”.

    I’m continually amazed at all the things written in stone for so long that turn out to be total horse manure. The jews have raped history. If I were top dog, all revisionist historians who have contributed knowledge to the Truth of the “Holocaust” would be granted Govt. pensions for life and be paid generous speaking fees for college lectures nationwide. The people would be de-programmed of jew lies in no time.

  9. #9 by Frederick on 02/05/2017 - 9:34

    Proof that the CIA is infiltrated by MOSSAD; otherwise, the CIA would have hit squads to take out various of the Big Jews and their Shabbos goyim. Let ’em know they’re being stalked & marked for death. Suddenly a lot of these devils will have fatal “accidents” or come down with bone cancer.
    And if another 9-11 false flag occurs, Israel would be turned into a sheet of glass.

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