17 June 2016, German-Canadian Monika Schaefer, former senior member of the Green Party in Canada, publicly released a video which allegedly denies the Holocaust.
Through her husband, Alfred Schaefer’s, YouTube account, Monika Schaefer presents what is apparently a post-mortem apology to her late mother. Schaefer recalls the trauma of her childhood growing up German in Canada post-World War II. She claims she was “indoctrinated” by society, through education and media, to consider Adolf Hitler a villainous figure in history.
Over the last few years, she has come to the understanding that the Holocaust is “the biggest and most pernicious and persistent lie in all of history.” Consequently, she regrets reproaching her mother in her youth for participating in a Nazi-ruled Germany that turned a blind-eye to the atrocities committed by that regime. Schaefer now asserts that the Holocaust is “the six million lie.”
The Green Party reacted to their former candidate’s video with a swift dismissal of her beliefs and a condemnation of such antisemitic propoganda. Elizabeth May, current leader of Canada’s Green Party referred to the video as hate speech and promised to remove Schaeffer from the party as quickly as possible. “I am shocked by comments made by Ms. Schaefer and I condemn her terribly misguided and untrue statements,” said May.
Emily McMillan, Executive Director of the Green Party commented, “Monika Schaefer’s comments denying the Holocaust are outrageous and shocking. Ms. Schaefer has no standing within the Green Party of Canada…”
Moreover, local community members of Jasper, Alberta, where Schaeffer resides, have stepped up to speak against her. Ken Kuzminski, President of the Jasper Royal Canadian Legion, filed a hate speech complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission referencing her publication as a Hate Crime. Kuzminski clarified his point stating, “Monika has a right to say whatever she wants to say, but once she’s published it, I feel that’s moved on to hate speech.”