FOver the past six decades, Serge Klarsfeld has devoted his life to hunting the Nazis and bringing them justice. There was Claus Barbie, the infamous “Butcher of Lyon”, tracked down in Peru by Clarsfeld and his wife, Beet; René Bauscht, who ordered thousands of Jews to his death in the Well ‘d’Hive’ roundup; And Paul Touvier, who was arrested as a priest in Nice and became the first Vichy officer to be convicted of crimes against humanity for Holocaust cooperation.
Now, he is setting his sights on Mark Zuckerberg.
Klarsfeld, 84, is one of many activists and survivors of the Holocaust, speaking as part of #NoDenyingIt, a campaign against Facebook and its founder to allow Holocaust denial on the platform. In addition to Clarkfeld, who lost his father at Auschwitz, contestants include Auschwitz survivor Roman Kent, Anne Frank’s half-brother Eva Schloss, and many others.
“The Internet causes many people who are naïve or anti-Semitic to believe that the Holocaust did not happen,” Klarsfeld says. “It is wrong, it is against history, and it makes people anti-Jewish, because if the Holocaust did not happen, it means that the Jews lied about killing their parents and grandparents.” ”
#NoDenyingIt Claims Conference, or was started by The Convention on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, an organization seeking reconsideration for a Jewish victim of Nazi persecution, preserves the recovery of stolen Jewish property and the memory of the Holocaust.
The controversy began in 2018, when, during an interview with Recode’s Cara Swisher, Zuckerberg brought up the Holocaust denial on his own while discussing Facebook’s censorship policies.
“Let’s get it done [issue] closer to home. I am Jewish, and there is a group of people who deny that the Holocaust happened, ”Zuckerberg said. “I think that’s deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I don’t believe our platform should be taken down because I think there are things that different people think are wrong. I don’t think They are intentionally It is going wrong. “(He later issued a half-hearted apology after he continued in his post:” I personally find the Holocaust denial deeply disgraceful, and I had absolutely no intention of defending the intentions of those who Deny it. “)
Later in the chat, Zuckerberg expands on his company’s rather monotonous policy. “We have principles to be removed from service: if it results in real harm, actual physical harm, or if you are attacking individuals, then that material should not be on the platform,” he said.
But Clarfeld and the #NoDenyingIt campaign argue that Holocaust denial Does Result in “actual physical harm”, and is therefore a violation of Facebook policy.
“She is Jewish, “says Klarsfeld Zuckerberg.” And it’s important that Facebook, which is a great vehicle of ideas, opinions, and images, does something about hate speech — and not just hate speech, but an incitement to violence . Because if people start believing that the Jewish people have not died in the Holocaust and that it was a great deception, they will get angry with the Jews and commit violence. In the United States, synagogue shootings have taken place. People sacrificed in times of crisis. Are looking for the goat of the people and have been the scapegoat of the Jews throughout history. Throughout history, if you give people an alibi to commit violence against the Jews, they will Use this. ”
He says, “If he bans pedophiles from Facebook, then those who deny the Holocaust should also be banned. He bans those who bare their breasts on Facebook and does not ban people who say Jews did not die during the war. ”
“He bans those who bare their breasts on Facebook and does not ban people who say Jews did not die during the war.“
In addition to Facebook, Klarsfeld is deeply troubled by the rise of the far right – many of whose leaders and followers are anti-Jewish not only in the US but around the world. One leader who says he is tolerant of the far right is US President Donald Trump.
He said, “He did not condemn the violence against the Jews, and he should have done so. He said that he is not responsible and did not do what he had to do, which condemns excessive authority – and the new – Nazi extreme right, “Clarsfeld says,” he said something [Charlottesville far right] ‘Awesome people,’ which he didn’t say and which was one The big mistake. Some of his voters are highly empowered. Therefore he has a tendency to be liberal towards some extremist movement. ”
We’ve had major black celebrities, rappers and actors in the US between Ice Cube and Nick Cannon for anti-Semitism distidies, from Professor Dysen Jackson and Stephen Jackson, to Didie, who took it upon herself to broadcast millions of this July 4th. For the audience, a speech by the country’s leading anti-Semitic, Luis Farrakhan.
“Puff Daddy gave a speech to Farrakhan, a well-known anti-theist on the Internet, that means he shares his views, and it’s something that’s very easy,” Clarsfeld explains. “its easy To explain all the concerns of the world and to place them on the backs of Jews – this has been happening for many centuries. This means that you are not responsible for your concerns, or the government is not responsible for your concerns. Jewish Who are responsible? We have to remind people that there are 12 million Jews, 2.5 billion Christians and 2 billion Muslims. So I don’t see how Jews can run the world based on those numbers. ”
These days, Klarsfeld — along with wife Beat and son Arno — are doing this to educate their generations young and old about anti-Semitism, and the horrors of the Holocaust.
“We buy pages in newspapers, give lectures, and we try to be proactive against excessive authority, which until now, we still haven’t taken the necessary steps to condemn these anti-defection parties,” They say. “This has to be done through education, and teaching compassion and tolerance.”