Dvir Abramovich: Comparing vaccination division to Nazi camps is obscene and offensive
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It takes a lot to surprise me, but yesterday my anger overflowed. I must have lifted my jaw off the ground and rubbed my eyes in disbelief.
Sarah Mills, an NSW anti-vaxxer with a large social media following, posted what I believe are objectionable images of her and her children with yellow Star of David spots pinned to their shirts with the words “No Vax”.
What’s wrong with some people?
Elsewhere, she can be seen wearing striped pajamas similar to those worn by Jewish prisoners in killing centers like Auschwitz with the tag “Prisoner 385968 Reporting for Work”.
That’s right. This is how disgusting the speech in our country has become.
Posing as a martyr and referring to the inexpressible suffering of the Jews, Mills would have you believe that in the midst of a global public health emergency, being encouraged to get vaccinated against Covid-19 to save lives amounts to evil. Adolf Hitler. Final solution to eradicate an entire race.
Yes, this final solution, the most horrific event in human history – the systematic extermination of six million Jews and millions more, including 1.5 million children.
Apparently, being asked to get the jab to stop the spread of this deadly disease can be compared to living as a Jew during the Third Reich.
Understood? Mills understands the oppression and torture of Jews in the 1930s and 1940s.
I wonder if, before relying on his Nazi analogies and writing on Instagram, “history repeated itself,” Mills thought of the emaciated figures peering behind barbed wire fences, of children torn from the arms of men. their mother and pushed into gas chambers, on Auschwitz crematoriums, on death steps.
About Roma, the mentally handicapped, homosexuals and others who have been executed for being “different”. About mobile extermination units and ghettos.
You don’t have to be a history teacher to know that there is a world of difference between the present situation and the untold horror and crimes of the Nazis.
I’m sure Mills knows that Jews in Nazi Germany were required to wear the yellow star on the outside of their clothing to be identifiable as Jews.
The Nazis used the yellow star to humiliate, separate, and mark Jews for annihilation.
If they refused to comply, they were shot on the spot.
Let me be very clear. Seeking to claim victim status by shouting “Nazism” and then appearing to trivialize and abuse the Holocaust is obscene and indefensible.
Mills won’t get a pass from me for his attention-seeking behavior and shoddy historical comparisons to back up his claims.
There is no excuse for anyone to enlist the Holocaust card, to misuse supercharged and cruelly callous equations as a blunt tool to score political points.
Imagine the heartache it would feel for Holocaust survivors whose families were slaughtered to see these types of hurtful analogies thrown around.
References to the Nazis, who represent ultimate evil and evoke the most horrific visions of suffering and depravity, appear in anti-vax space with disturbing frequency and obscenely poison this critical debate.
And while those who oppose vaccination should know better, in today’s climate of growing division and cultural silliness, anything goes.
I understand why people like Mills and other activists are tempted to refer to Nazi policies in their campaign, and why the call to invoke and exploit this imagery is so appealing.
The Third Reich embodies a unique evil and is a practical metaphor to illustrate the concept of good versus evil.
It is also an effective instrument to demonize and smear anyone with whom you disagree.
If Mills met a Holocaust survivor, they would tell him that nothing today comes close to the unbridled racial hatred and the vastness of the terrors and barbarism of Hitler Germany.
Such recourse to lazy and irresponsible analogies belittles the indescribable atrocities being perpetrated on an industrial and monstrous scale.
It also dishonours the sacrifice made by our valiant dead Diggers to end Hitler’s reign.
Consider that when you remove historical associations and meaning from the Holocaust, you make it very difficult to pass on the timeless and universal lessons of this tragedy to present and future generations.
Such trivializations make it easier for deniers to bombard the Internet with disinformation and plots.
So if you feel the urge to refer to the Holocaust just to stir up emotions, ignite debate, or win the argument, you are irrelevant.
Watch your language and think twice before jumping into the Nazi lexicon.
There are many strong words to criticize government policies and lead a vigorous reason-based conversation.
As someone who has dedicated their life to fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry, I am fed up with inappropriate references to the Holocaust.
Dr Dvir Abramovich is Chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission and the leading anti-hate activist in Australia. Author of seven books, his next publication is The New War Against the Jews: Writing from the Trenches.