Saturday, October 10, 2015

Gun Enthusiasts: Stop Attempting to Exploit the Holocaust -- The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


The statement, below, is from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. You can view it on the website here.

October 9, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC — Nazism represented a singular evil that resulted in the murder of six million Jews and the persecution and deaths of millions of others for racial and political reasons. Comparing contemporary situations to Nazism is not only offensive to its victims, but it is also inaccurate and misrepresents both Holocaust history and the present. The Holocaust should be remembered, studied, and understood so that we can learn its lessons; it should not be exploited for opportunistic purposes.


The statement was released in the wake of comments by Dr. Ben Carson, Republican candidate for US president. In his new book, "A More Perfect Union," Dr. Carson wrote, "through a combination of removing guns and disseminating propaganda, the Nazis were able to carry out their evil intentions with relatively little resistance."

Gun enthusiasts' attempt to exploit the Holocaust to advance their own agenda has been answered many times.

See an ADL statement here

See Tablet Magazine's "Gun Control and the Holocaust" here

Bernard E Harcourt writes "On Gun Registration, the NRA, Adolf Hitler and Nazi Gun Laws: Exploding the Gun Culture Wars: A Call to Historians" in the Fordham Law Review here

The Forward's commentary is here

A brief treatment of the arguments for and against the idea that gun control was a significant Nazi tool is here


  1. I have heard all this before. The Holocaust establishment objects to the Holocaust being "used" for things that they do not agree with, such as right to own firearms, and the right to life of unborn children.

    However, the Holocaust establishment has no problem with the Holocaust being "used" for things that they do agree with--such as attacks on Poland and on the Catholic Church.

    It's all about politics.

    1. Jan I find your post really offensive and inaccurate.


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