Currie’s Corner 640, July 19, 2018
There is a bizarre story out there right now about the Holocaust. Does everyone understand that the term refers to the murder of millions of Jews and others by Hitler’s Nazis ? I ask what might seem to be a simple-minded question because of an Alberta woman named Monika Schaefer who is behind bars in Germany, awaiting trial for “denying the Holocaust”. Specifically, she is accused of inciting people by producing or distributing several videos that basically dismiss the horrifying history as ‘fake news’, to put things in the vernacular of the 45th American President.
An interesting sidebar to all this is the fact that Monika ran for Parliament as a Green Party candidate, not once but three times, in the western Alberta riding of Yellowhead. How soon we forget. That was Joe Clark’s riding for several years, including the 27 minutes that he served as Conservative Prime Minister in 1979. There was never much of a chance that Monika would ever be elected but she did finish ahead of the Liberal candidate in 2008 and 2011.
Her video can still be found quite easily on YouTube. In it, she echoes the familiar views of other more notorious Holocaust Deniers . They says places like Bergen-Belsen and Buchenwald were ‘work camps’, not ‘death camps’. Despite a large body of documentary evidence, including testimony from thousands of survivors who were children in the camps, the Holocaust Denial folks, also known as ‘Truthers’ are not going away. In fact the internet seems to be helping them grow in numbers as the years go by.
Many of their highly disturbing views are spread on Facebook, whose Jewish creator, Mark Zuckerberg, insists that the content should not be banned.
Back to Monika Schaefer. The civil liberties types are suggesting that the Canadian government has abandoned her, and thrown her ‘under the bus’.
It’s hard to know for sure, but I sincerely hope not. Her right to freedom of speech and protection of person should be the same as the rest of us.
I’m Roger Currie