Trump allies have been comparing the FBI to the Gestapo following a raid on his Florida home.
The Auschwitz Museum told Insider that such comments aren’t even worth reacting to.
The Holocaust Museum told Insider that it has long warned against comparing contemporary issues to the Holocaust.
Congressional Republicans and conservative commentators have been comparing the FBI to the Gestapo and Nazi Germany after the agency searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.
“This should scare the hell out of American citizens,” said Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, chairman of the Republican National Senate Committee. said of the FBI search. “The way our federal government has gone, it’s like what we’ve thought about the Gestapo and people like that,” Scott added.
Steve Bannon, who served as White House chief strategist under Trump, told Fox News that “The FBI right now is the Gestapo” in reaction to the raid.
Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado called the raid “Gestapo shit.”
The Gestapo, Nazi Germany brutal secret police — played an intricate role in the deportations of Jews to ghettos, concentration camps, and extermination camps (also known as extermination camps or death centers) during World War II. The methods and tactics of the Gestapo were notoriously ruthless and violent.
Organizations educating people about the Holocaust have long warned against comparing modern events to crimes against humanity committed by Nazi Germany.
Asked by Insider if comparing the FBI to the Gestapo risked trivializing the Holocaust, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial & Museum said such comments weren’t even worth reacting to.
“From our point of view, having to comment on this type of allusive promotion is, in fact, unworthy of anyone who understands the memory, history and dramas of the victims,” Bartosz Bartyzel, a spokesman for the Museum of Auschwitz.
When asked the same question, Raymund Flandez, communications officer for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, told Insider that the museum “has published a number of articles over the years about why the comparisons of contemporary issues with the Holocaust are inaccurate and offensive to Holocaust survivors. .”
A statement on the museum’s website it says: “Nazism represented a singular evil that resulted in the murder of six million Jews and the persecution and death of millions more for racial and political reasons. Comparing contemporary situations to Nazism is not only offensive for its victims, but is also inaccurate and misrepresents both the history of the Holocaust and the present”.
“The Holocaust must be remembered, studied and understood so that we can learn its lessons; it must not be exploited for opportunistic purposes,” the statement added.
Similarly, Jonathan Greenblatt, executive director of the Anti-Defamation League, in a tweet on Tuesday. said“A number of right-wing officials are comparing the FBI-executed arrest warrant at Trump’s home to police tactics in Nazi Germany. Let’s be clear: It is never appropriate to make such comparisons to the Holocaust; doing so degrades the memory of six million people.” people murdered Jews. This must stop.”
The FBI raid was reportedly related to document boxes — including classified material — that Trump brought with him to Florida when he left the White House.
The raid has caused an uproar among Trump allies, who have reacted with inflammatory rhetoric about civil war and vehement criticism of the FBI.
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