Thursday 14 February 2013

Belgium: making fun of Jews and the Holocaust

Yet again in Belgium fun is made of the Jews and the Holocaust.

2009: Crooked noses and yellow stars at the Aalst carnival (Belgium)"The climax of the indignities to which Jews still living in Germany were forced to submit was the yellow star, the wearing of which became compulsory on 19 September 1941. Nowhere was the Jew to feel safe: she or he was to be marked out, part of the crowd but already exiled from it. For several days Klemperer was unable to sum up the courage to leave the Jews’ House and go out into the street with the yellow star displayed on his chest." (Martin Chalmers, introduction to I Shall Bear Witness: The Diaries of Victor Klemperer 1933-41, Weinfeld & Nicolson, 1998)

2013: More fun: ADL Appalled at Holocaust Mockery During Belgium’s Aalst Carnaval; Praises UNESCO for Quick Condemnation: "The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is outraged and appalled that a group of participants in the UNESCO-affiliated Aalst Carnaval dressed as Nazi SS officers and paraded through the streets of Aalst, Belgium on a rail car reminiscent of those used to deport Jews to concentration camps during the Holocaust. Photos in the Belgian media showed the men dressed in full Nazi regalia with a Hasidic Jewish boy character on a railcar, decorated with posters depicting pails labeled, “Zyklon,” the chemical used in the Nazi gas chambers."  2013 marks the 80th anniversary of Hitler's rise to power.

Holocaust Mockery at Aalst Carnaval, Belgium
Belgium Media RTL TVI

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