Prominent Jewish leaders have spoken out against ignorant comparisons being made between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler, calling them “deeply offensive”.
At the extreme end of the scale, many people are taking to social media to declare that Trump is LITERALLY Hitler.
Comedian Louis CK was one such person, recently writing a 1400-word letter to fans which stated “It was funny for a little while [but] the guy is Hitler.”
Now Jewish leaders are speaking out against the trend, declaring it to be “deeply offensive”.
Dr Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the Australian arm of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC), the longest running Jewish service organization in the world, told reporters“once again we see celebrities using appalling comparisons to Hitler to attack others”.
“There is simply no place for this kind of sickening distortion in our public discourse,” Abramovich urged.
“Hitler and his genocidal actions should never form part of the discussion about the American presidential elections and no candidate should ever be compared to Hitler”, Dr Abramovich added.
Abramovich declared that the millions of victims of mass genocide during the holocaust “deserve better and should not be used for political point sloganeering”.
“It bears repeating again that these types of historically inaccurate comparisons diminish the profound tragedy of the Holocaust and are deeply offensive to the victims, to survivors and to their families,” he said, adding that “Such ignorant posts only fuel the gross trivialisation of the Holocaust.”
The Director of another prominent Jewish group, the Australia-Israel and Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC), also weighed in, noting “generally we find it very unhelpful when people make these sorts of historical comparisons”.
“One, it doesn’t help people understand the contemporary phenomenon, and two, the historical circumstances [of the Holocaust] had particular and unique features which tend to be brushed under the surface [when such comparisons are made],” he said.
Peter Wertheim, Executive Director of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ), declined to comment on the politics of another country but pointed to the ECAJ’s policy platform, which references “inappropriate Holocaust rhetoric”.
The Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) also issued a statement which read “the Holocaust is generally recognised as the benchmark of the most extreme case of human evil” and that the group “deplores the inappropriate use of analogies to the Nazi Genocide in public debate”.
Australian MP Josh Frydenberg also weighed in on the issue, stating “Donald Trump has his detractors, and many for good reason, but to compare him with the evil Adolf Hitler responsible as he was for the deaths of millions of innocents is ridiculous in the extreme.”
“It diminishes the Holocaust and a shameful chapter in the history of the world.” Frydenberg noted.