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Dutch party equates COVID measures to Nazism on Holocaust remembrance day

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Dutch party equates COVID measures to Nazism on Holocaust remembrance day

The message, which instructed that COVID-19 measures score undone the liberation from the Nazis, drew inviting rebuke from Dutch Jews.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
 

MAY 5, 2021 02: 02

Early Newspaper

Arrest of Dutch Jews by the Nazis, February 1941  (photo credit: PHOTO COLLECTION/DUTCH GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE)

Arrest of Dutch Jews by the Nazis, February 1941

(photo credit: PHOTO COLLECTION/DUTCH GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE)

A Dutch conservative party instructed on the country’s Holocaust memorial day that COVID-19 measures score undone the liberation from the Nazis.

The message by the Forum for Democracy, which drew a inviting rebuke from Dutch Jews, came in a banner disseminated online earlier than Could well additionally fair 4 and 5, the national remembrance day for Holocaust and World Conflict II casualties and the day celebrating liberation from Nazi Germany.

In what quantities to an epitaph, the Forum for Democracy banner reads: “On Could well additionally fair 5 we’re going to be conscious 75 years of freedom. 1945-2020.”

The banner became once designed to resemble the official ticket and font of the national 4 and 5 Could well additionally fair Committee, which organizes commemoration occasions.

“This analogy by Forum for Democracy is unacceptable,” the Central Jewish Board of the Netherlands, CJO, wrote in an announcement Monday. “It is deeply offensive and inexcusable to make political statements on the backs of victims and their household on the week of the national commemorations.”

Anti-vaccination and conspiracy theorists in Europe and the US extra and additional score been drawing parallels between the Holocaust and COVID-19 measures they oppose, like the lockdowns in Holland and around the sector.

On Tuesday, an art installation featuring a immense mediate became once positioned in Amsterdam’s standard Vondel Park as section of the Could well additionally fair 4 commemorations. It became once installed the put a label reading “forbidden for Jews” became once build apart up for the duration of the Nazi occupation.

The Nazis and their local collaborators killed no longer no longer up to 75% of the some 140,000 Jews who lived within the Netherlands earlier than the Holocaust — the excellent loss of life charge in occupied Western Europe.

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Dutch party equates COVID measures to Nazism on Holocaust remembrance day