Simon Wiesenthal Center: Children Border Crisis Must Be Solved by Our Elected Officials

Jewish Human Rights NGO Denounces Wholesale Cynical Misappropriation of Nazi Holocaust

LOS ANGELES; June 19, 2018 – The Simon Wiesenthal Center (“SWC”), a leading Jewish human rights NGO that teaches the lessons of the Nazi Holocaust, called today for the immediate amelioration of the suffering of children at our southern border and denounced the wholesale misappropriation of the Nazi Holocaust in the raging debate over the separation of children from parents.

“To be sure, like millions of Americans on both sides of the political divide, we want our leaders to solve the humanitarian crisis at hand. No matter what the divisions are over immigration policies, it is unacceptable to separate small children from their parents. That isn’t what America stands for. Those are not our values. We urge immediate steps to ameliorate this situation and for the administration and congress to finally take the necessary steps to end this problem long-range,” declared Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Dean and Founder and Asscoiate Dean and Director of Global Social Action of the SWC.

“But we denounce the alarming wholesale misappropriation of the the Nazi Holocaust by critics of current policies,” the Rabbis added.

Among the dozens of examples, SWC cites the following:

• Former CIA Director Michael Hayden, now a CNN pundit, posted a picture of the entrance to the infamous Auschwitz Death Camp and then later offered an ‘apology’ for ‘overachieving’ by his cynical manipulation.

• Last Friday, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough opened Morning Joe by declaring, “Children are being marched away to showers—just like the Nazis said they were taking people to the showers, and then they never came back. You’d think they would use another trick.”

• On Sunday, another cable commentator insisted, “Increasingly, Donald Trump is turning this nation into Nazi Germany and turning these [detention centers] into concentration camps.”

• Social media postings invoked the same imagery and talking points.

“For 25 years, our Museum of Tolerance has educated millions of visitors, including 160,000 law enforcement officials about Auschwitz, Anne Frank and the murder of 1.5 million Jewish children along with their families by the Nazi perpetrators of history’s greatest crime,” Rabbis Hier and Cooper said.“We also teach them about today’s real-time civil and human rights crises and contemporary mass murder and genocide. It is sickening to witness the wholesale immoral misappropriation of the Holocaust by people who should know better. All they achieve is to demean the memory of 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis and confuse young people who know little or nothing about history.

“Our border guards and Homeland Security personnel are the opposite of Nazis. Critics should stop slandering them. We live in the world’s greatest democracy. Our elected officials have the tools to fix what’s broken and our national debate shouldn’t be tainted by Holocaust revisionism and misappropriation.”

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).