Richard Spencer, the prominent White Nationalist and “alt right” figurehead who has been the centre of several antisemitic controversies, particularly following the election of Donald Trump, has hailed the White House’s decision not to explicitly mention Jews in its Holocaust Memorial Day statement.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has also left Jews out of his Holocaust address in the past.
Spencer wrote that Jewish activists had made the Holocaust “all about their meta-narrative of suffering” in order to “undergird their peculiar position in American society”.
He asserts that Jews have essentially used the Holocaust for political ends, not just in generating sympathy for themselves, but also to influence other policy, writing:
“We can’t limit immigration, because Hitler. We can’t can’t be proud of ourselves as a Europeans, because Holocaust. White people can be Christian, but not too Christian, because Auschwitz,
Effectively, any policy, idea, or belief that is markedly right-wing and traditional — that evokes identity, power, hierarchy, and dominance — must be regulated by the possibility that it could potentially lead back to the German Führer”
This is a typical antisemitic conspiracy theory dressed up as political discourse about how we are to remember the Holocaust. In fact, the Holocaust is the ultimate expression of the potential dangers of excessively valuing such things as mentioned by spencer, and is something from which it is imperative to learn.
According to the definition of antisemitism, “accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust” is antisemitic, and his statements could easily be seen as falling into line with this definition.