As a member of the Lappin Foundation Holocaust Education and Awareness Rapid Response Team (HEARRT), I personally urge our Journal readers to condemn the indiscriminate use of the words Nazi, Hitler and Holocaust by our leaders, public figures and the media when comparing members of Congress and individuals who may express differing points of view from one’s own. This false comparison trivializes the Holocaust.
There is no denying that there are hate groups in our country, including neo-Nazis, that advocate violence. However, the Holocaust was the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of more than 6 million Jews and millions of others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators under Hitler’s direction.
While the recent violent attack on our Capitol was an assault on our democracy, comparing it to the Holocaust or comparing some leaders to Nazis is morally wrong.
Fran Freshman, Lynnfield