For the last six decades, Serge Klarsfeld has dedicated his life to hunting down the Nazis and bringing them to justice. There was Klaus Barbie, the famous “Butcher of Lyon,” whom Klarsfeld and his wife, Beate, found in Peru; René Bousquet, who ordered thousands of Jews to their deaths in the Roundup of the Vel ‘d’Hiv’; and Paul Touvier, who was captured in a priory in Nice and became the first Vichy officer convicted of crimes against humanity for collaborating with the Holocaust.
Now, he’s fixing his gaze on Mark Zuckerberg.
Klarsfeld, 84, is one of a number of Holocaust activists and survivors speaking out as part of #NoDenyingIt, a campaign against Facebook and its founder to enable Holocaust denialism on the platform. In addition to Klarsfeld, who lost his father in Auschwitz, participants include Auschwitz survivor Roman Kent, Anne Frank Eva Schloss̵7;s coat of arms, and much more.
“The internet makes a lot of people who are beauty or anti-Semitic want to believe that the Holocaust didn’t happen,” says Klarsfeld. “It’s bad, it’s anti-history, and it gets people to be anti-Semitic, because if the Holocaust didn’t happen, it means the Jews lied about the murder of their parents and grandparents.”
#NoDenyingIt was launched by the Claims Conference, or Institute Conference on Claims of Jewish Material Against Germany, an organization seeking reparations for Jewish victims of Nazi oppression, recovers stolen Jewish property and preserves the memory of the Holocaust.
This controversy began in 2018, when, in an interview with Kara Swisher of Recode, Zuckerberg brought up the Holocaust rejection alone during a discussion of Facebook’s censorship policy.
“Let’s take it all in stride [issue] closer to home. I’m Jewish, and there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened, ”Zuckerberg said.“ I find that deeply offensive. But ultimately, I don’t believe our platform should slow it down because I think there are things that different people go wrong. I don’t think they’re intentionally we will get it wrong. “(He later issued a one-hearted apology, remaining firm in his position:” I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive, and I absolutely did not intend to defend the intention of people to deny it. “)
Later in the chat, Zuckerberg expanded his company’s rather nebulous policy. “The principles we have on what we remove from the service are: If we are going to result in real harm, real physical harm, or if you are attacking individuals, then that content should not be on the platform,” he said.
But Klarsfeld and the #NoDenyingIt campaign argue that Holocaust denial ma resulting in “real physical harm,” thus violating Facebook’s policy.
“He he Jewish, ”Klarsfeld says of Zuckerberg.“ And it’s important that Facebook, which is a great vehicle of ideas, thoughts, and images, does something about hate speech – and not just hate speech but incitement to violence. . Because if people start believing that the Jews did not die in the Holocaust and this was a great deception, then they will become angry with the Jews and commit violence. In the United States, there was a shooting of synagogues. In times of crisis, people are looking for boats, and throughout history, Jews have been fleeing. Throughout history, if you give people an alibi to commit violence against Jews, they will make them use dan. ”
He adds, “If it bans pedophiles from Facebook, people who deny the Holocaust should also be banned. It bans people who drowned their chests on Facebook and does not ban people who say Jews did not die during the war.
“It bans people who drowned their chests on Facebook and does not ban people who say Jews did not die during the war.“
In addition to Facebook, Klarsfeld is very concerned about the rise of the far right – many of their leaders and followers are anti-Semitic – not just in America but around the world. One of the leaders who says he is too tolerant of the far right is US President Donald Trump.
“He did not condemn the violence against the Jews from the extreme right, and he must do so. He is not responsible and did not do what he was supposed to do, condemning the extreme right – and the neo-Nazi extreme right. , ”says Klarsfeld, adding,“ He called some of the [Charlottesville far right] “really good people,” that he didn’t touch and that he was large error. Some of his voters are from the far right. So he tends to be light towards some of the extreme right movement. ”
We also saw a disturbing rise of anti-Semitism among prominent black celebrities in America, from rappers and actors Ice Cube and Nick Cannon, to pro athletes DeSean Jackson and Stephen Jackson, to Diddy, who took it upon himself to broadcast a speech from one of the nation’s leading anti-Semites, Louis Farrakhan, to an audience of millions this July 4th.
“If Puff Daddy put Farrakhan’s speech, which is a well-known anti-Semite, on the internet, it means sharing his ideas, and it’s something that’s very easy,” Klarsfeld explains. “It is easy to explain the troubles of the world and put them on the backs of the Jews – this has been happening for centuries. It means you are not responsible for your worries, or the government is not responsible for your worries, so it is the Jews who are responsible. We need 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 rule the world based on these numbers. ”
These days, Klarsfeld – along with his wife Beate and son Arno – are doing their damnedest to educate young and old generations about anti-Semitism, and the horrors of the Holocaust.
“We buy pages in newspapers, give lessons, and try to be active against the extreme right, which so far, we have not taken the necessary steps to condemn these anti-Semitic parties,” he says. “It has to be done through education, and learning compassion and tolerance.”