A right-wing, nationalist Dutch senator has apologized after he gave an interview wherein he claimed Jews had been pushed to “the gas chambers just like meek lambs” throughout the Holocaust.
Toine Beukering, a former brigadier basic who earlier this week joined Holland’s higher chamber of parliament as a member of the nationalist Discussion board for Democracy (FvD) social gathering, advised Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf in an interview Saturday: “As a younger little one, I learn a complete cupboard of books in regards to the Holocaust.
“I was at all times involved in discovering out the way it was in any respect doable. That the Jews – such a courageous individuals – had been pushed to the fuel chambers identical to meek lambs. It has at all times fascinated me.”
He added that he had by no means understood why that occurred and needed to ensure it by no means occurred once more.
When requested what he meant by “little lambs”, he added: “Properly, there was little or no resistance. Resistance by the Jews. Escape. That sort of factor. There are all types of causes for that, however it’s a unhappy story that ought to by no means occur once more.”
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His feedback emerged the identical week Anne Frank would have celebrated her 90th birthday had been she nonetheless alive at this time, and had been roundly condemned.
Itemizing various Jewish resistance fighters within the Netherlands, Ronny Naftaniel, vice chairman of the Central Jewish Group of Dutch Jews, wrote on his Fb web page: “Jews did mount considerable resistance. Often in hopeless situations. ‘Meek lambs’ is a myth.”
Maria van Beurden Cahn of the NIOD Institute for Warfare, Holocaust and Genocide Research in Amsterdam, wrote on Twitter: “Jews did not go like sheep. There was resistance everywhere. Lack of and failing Holocaust education.”
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Beukering subsequently apologized for the assertion, telling the Telegraaf Tuesday: “That was a very awkward comment. I also regret it and take it back.”
His colleague, Paul Cliteur, the FvD social gathering chairman within the Senate, nevertheless stated: “Given the context, I understood what he meant by that. I have not been able to read any malicious comments against Jews therein. I also think it is a shame that people take the most malicious interpretations of such an interview as a starting point. As far as I’m concerned, he shouldn’t have taken back that statement.”
The FvD social gathering, which was solely based three years in the past, has seen its social gathering membership swell to greater than 30,000.
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It scored a giant political victory earlier this yr when it got here first in provincial elections, making it the biggest social gathering within the Dutch Senate. It adopted up that success by successful three seats out of 26 within the European Parliament elections.