Dutch Jewish organisations: Stop comparing the Holocaust to Covid-19

Leading Jewish organisations in the Netherlands have called upon political leaders to speak out forcefully against comparisons between Covid-19 and the Holocaust.

In an open letter,  the Dutch Auschwitz Committee, the Centre for Information and Documentation Israel (CIDI), the Central Jewish Consultation (CJO), the National Holocaust Museum and the Nieuw Israëlietisch Weekblad, state that: “Not only do we find this extremely hurtful, it also inflates the lessons to be learned from that blackest period of the twentieth century.”

Such unacceptable comparisons are not only being made on the street and in social media, but also by members of parliament; the letter argues.

We are not interfering in the discussion on whether or not to vaccinate, but we are calling on you all to oppose any misplaced comparison between the situation then and now. Out of respect for the millions of victims of the Second World War and for the sake of a safe and peaceful society for us and our children.”

The undersigned urge parties in the Dutch Lower House to take up their responsibility on this issue.

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