Norwegian Lawmaker Denies Holocaust
03/21/11
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(JTA) -- Members of a Norwegian lawmaker's own party have called for his resignation after he publicly denied the Holocaust.

Labor Party lawmaker Anders Mathisen reportedly told the Finnmarken newspaper that the Holocaust never happened and challenged readers to prove him wrong.

“There is no evidence the gas chambers or mass graves existed," he told the newspaper, according to reports. "Even reputable Holocaust historians have admitted it cannot be established.”

Mathisen reportedly has spent months researching World War II concentration camps and is advocating changing history books, according to the Coordination Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism. He also published his reported his "findings" on his Facebook page.

Mathisen reportedly has accused Holocaust survivors of exaggerating their stories. He also said that the public has been brainwashed into believing in the Holocaust by films such as "Schindler's List," according to the forum.

The lawmaker has refused to resign from the party.

"Holocaust survivors are aghast at the morally repugnant comments of a Norwegian member of Parliament," Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, said in a statement. "They are an insult to the memory of all victims of Nazi brutality, Jew and non-Jew."

Steinberg called for Mathisen's expulsion from political office and removal from the Labor Party.

"It was not until the 1990s that Norway began to confront its collaboration with the deportation of Jews and the plunder of their property during the Nazi occupation," the statement concluded. "The manner in which they deal with MP Mathisen is a test of whether those historical lessons were learned."

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04/04/2011 - 21:58

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He is no lawmaker or MP in the national parliament; he is only a deputy member of a minority representation called 'Sametinget' (The Sami Parliament). Hence he is a rather marginal politician, and a stupid one as well.

Obvoiusly his views in this matter does not represent the Sami (the Laps), the Norwegians, or any of the established parties in Norway.

It would be good if you journalists checked the basic facts before you spread the message of his stupid and offensive statement, because apart from revisionists there are other tasteless spinners out there.

I WILL TELL THAT TO MY DEAD RELATIVES, TWO SIBLINGS, GRANDPARENTS , AUNTS AND UNCLES. MY PARENTS WERE NOT REALLY IN AUSCHWITZ, THEY MUST OF BEEN IN MIAMI. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg, associate professor at Yeshiva University and spiritual leader of Congregation Beth-El in Edison, New Jersey, has published the Rosenberg Holocaust Siddur.
“Experience has shown that without a framework for commemoration, remembrance will not long endure,” said Rosenberg. “For more than 3000 years, Jews have been reminded every spring of the Exodus from Egypt, at a date firmly implanted on the Jewish calendar that is observed with Seder rituals. Will the Holocaust, like the Exodus, be remembered beyond the generations of our grandchildren’s grandchildren? Very likely not – if no halachic agreement is reached on a specific day for remembrance, with prayers, readings and rituals adapted for the occasion.”
Rosenberg, who chairs the New York Board of Rabbis Holocaust Education Committee, hopes to fill that void with his new siddur which includes poems, essays, songs and Maariv services. Rosenberg is a graduate of Yeshiva College, RIETS, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. He is the author of Theological and Halachic Reflections on the Holocaust, A Guide for the Jewish Mourner and Contemplating the Holocaust.
The Rosenberg Holocaust Siddur is dedicated to Rosenberg’s parents, who survived the Holocaust, and is available for free download online.

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