Virus Outbreak France Holocaust

Anti-vaccine protesters march with a banner during a rally in Paris, Saturday, July 17, 2021. A Holocaust survivor, French officials and anti-racism groups are denouncing anti-vaccination protesters who are comparing themselves to Jews persecuted by the Nazis. Some mostly far-right demonstrators at weekend protests against government vaccine rules wore yellow stars, like those Jews were forced to wear under Nazi rule in World War II. Other demonstrators carried signs evoking the Auschwitz death camp or South Africa's apartheid regime, claiming the French government is unfairly persecuting them as it battles the pandemic. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Anger as French protesters compare vaccines to Nazi horrors of the past

PARIS (AP) — A French Holocaust survivor has denounced anti-vaccination protesters comparing themselves to Jews who were persecuted by Nazi Germany during World War II. French officials and anti-racism groups joined the 94-year-old in expressing indignation.

As more than 100,000 people marched around France against government vaccine rules on Saturday, some demonstrators wore yellow stars recalling the ones the Nazis forced Jews to wear. Other demonstrators carried signs evoking the Auschwitz death camp or South Africa’s apartheid regime, claiming the French government was unfairly mistreating them with its anti-pandemic measures.

“You can’t imagine how much that upset me. This comparison is hateful. We must all rise up against this ignominy,” Holocaust survivor Joseph Szwarc said Sunday during a ceremony commemorating victims of antisemitic and racist acts by the French state, which collaborated with Adolf Hitler’s regime.

“I wore the star, I know what that is, I still have it in my flesh,” Szwarc, who was deported from France by the Nazis, said with tears in his eyes. “It is everyone’s duty to not allow this outrageous, antisemitic, racist wave to pass over us.”

Historian and former Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld also took aim at the analogy, stressing Monday that “the yellow star was a symbol of death that excluded Jews from society and marked them for extermination, while vaccines, on the other hand, save lives.” To equate the two, he told The Associated Press, is an “odious” comparison that serves to trivialize the yellow star.

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Jimzan

First of all the Associated Press is a pack of ScumBags (never forget that). Seems funny how Biden can reference current issues with Jim Crow, and the Civil war and the fake news scum does not have a problem with that....But when others use history as a comparison...they are "appalled". That is why the AP is SCUM. Hypocrisy at its finest....Fake News.

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