Wiesenthal Center Calls on Entertainment Community to Blast Oliver Stone for His Belittlement of the Holocaust and Anti-Semitic Remarks

July 26, 2010

Stone “parrots the anti-Semitic chorus by attributing the world’s focus on the Shoah to ‘The Jewish domination of the media…,’” says Center official

The Simon Wiesenthal Center today blasted remarks made by director Oliver Stone in London’s Sunday Times in which he claimed that the Holocaust is overemphasized in our culture because Jews “control the media” and that “Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people.”

“Oliver Stone is bent on trivializing the Nazi Holocaust—‘Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people...’ and ‘contextualizing’ both Hitler and Stalin as not-such-terrible-guys with whom we should empathize, said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center. “He parrots the anti-Semitic chorus led by Iran’s genocide-wannabe Ahmadinejad by attributing the world’s focus on the Shoah—in his money quote, sure to be enshrined in every Islamist Google search—‘The Jewish domination of the media…’”

“We hope that Oliver Stone’s reckless and outrageous rhetoric will be condemned by his peers in the entertainment community,” Cooper concluded.

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