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Holocaust survivors' statement

The following statement is in response to remarks by Rep. Steve Cohen in which he invoked Nazi propagandist Goebbels and the "big lie" during the health care debate:

"However passionate Congessman Cohen felt during the debate, he should not have alluded to the Nazis in his remarks.

As survivors, we have long spoken of the malignant impact that trivialization of Nazi cimes has had on the profound implications for education, history, and memory that come from invoking the tragedy of the Holocaust. This becomes particularly important in the current political climate where the propriety of what is acceptable in public discourse has come under renewed scrutiny."

Elan Steinberg
Vice-President, American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their

By Greg Sargent  | January 19, 2011; 6:22 PM ET
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