The Federal Government Commissioner for Anti-Semitism, Klein, has sharply criticized the “lateral thinking” movement. The comparison of Corona restrictions with the persecution of Jews mocked the victims. There is also strong criticism from CSU boss Söder.
The anti-Semitism commissioner of the federal government, Felix Klein, has strongly criticized comparisons of the “lateral thinking” movement of current corona restrictions with the persecution of Jews during National Socialism. “The increasing comparisons of protesters against the Corona measures with victims of National Socialism mock the actual victims and relativize the Shoah,” he told the “RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland” (RND).
“How important is education”
“The Holocaust is not a decal for any feelings of victimization,” emphasized Klein. The most recent events in Hanover and Karlsruhe rather showed how important education is. “Anyone who is well informed about Anne Frank and Sophie Scholl will hardly utter such crude trivializations.” Klein welcomed the fact that the criticism of such comparisons is now making waves: “It is evidence of a functioning value system of the democratic majority.”
“Feel like Sophie Scholl”
On Saturday a young woman who introduced herself as “Jana from Kassel” said on a “lateral thinking” stage in Hanover: “I feel like Sophie Scholl, because I’ve been active in the resistance for months, giving speeches, at demos go, hand out flyers and also register for meetings since yesterday. ” Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans Scholl belonged to the “White Rose” resistance group. They were executed in 1943 for their resistance to National Socialism.
Comparison with Anne Frank
A week earlier, an eleven-year-old on a “lateral thinking” stage in Karlsruhe had put the fact that she could not celebrate her birthday as usual in relation to the fate of Anne Frank, who was hiding in a rear building in Amsterdam from the Nazis and later was killed in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
The President of the Thuringian State Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Stephan Kramer, told the RND: “This is no coincidence, but the perfidious result of a long chain of discourse shifts and deliberate historical revisionism, based on training courses for the New Right.” Younger people are particularly sensitive to this.
Söder: links between AfD and “lateral thinkers”
The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) said it was important to look carefully at what “connections and entanglements there are between AfD and ‘lateral thinkers'”. He has no problem with other opinions: “Of course we all understand and respect the critical questions of those whose existence is threatened by Corona.”
In the case of “lateral thinkers”, right-wing extremists, “Reich citizens” and conspiracy theorists with an anti-Semitic background, however, tolerance stops, Söder told the “Donaukurier” and the “Passauer Neue Presse”: “The ‘lateral thinkers’ in particular develop sect-like and isolate normal citizens in their own right Conspiracy bubble. ” Absurd self-comparisons with Sophie Scholl or the equation of the Infection Protection Act with the Enabling Act of the NSDAP proved the group’s “distorted worldview”.
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