Statement on Comparisons of COVID-19 regulations to Hitler and Nazis

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum deplores the resurgence of comparisons to Hitler and the Nazis by those unhappy with regulations issued during the COVID-19 emergency.

Some of those who oppose stay-at-home and shelter-in-place requirements have charged state officials with behaving like Hitler and imposing Nazi-style orders.  One such accusation, made last week by an elected official in Idaho against that state’s governor, compared him to Hitler noting that in Nazi Germany “non-essential workers got put on a train.”  For the record, Hitler and the Nazis put Jews on trains – men, women, and children – to their deaths, not because they were non-essential workers, but simply because they were Jewish.

This accusation is as disgraceful as it is historically insupportable and morally reprehensible.  The deportation of Jews to their deaths by a totalitarian, racist, antisemitic regime stands as an unmatched horrific time in modern history.  To compare this to the efforts of our elected officials to attempt to balance our health and economic needs while under threat from a worldwide pandemic cheapens the sacrifice of the millions of Jews murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators.

This statement is unacceptable and discouraging all the more because it was made by an elected official.  More than ever, at a time when it is easy for fear and hate to take the place of compassion and kindness, we are committed to our mission to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. With antisemitism on the rise all over the world, we take this moment to choose acceptance, understanding, and respect. We hope you will join us today to remember, to hope, and to pledge: Never Again.

Please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmITNRNbBE8 to share in our 2020 Yom HaShoah commemoration, memorializing the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis and honoring our Holocaust Survivor community.

-Mary Pat Higgins, Museum President and CEO

-Frank Risch, Board Chair

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