Holocaust Denial/Minimization

Ilias Panagiotaros, April 2014

“[Hitler is a] great personality, like Stalin.”Helena Smith, “Greece’s Golden Dawn party describes Hitler as ‘great personality’,” Guardian, April 16, 2014, http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/16/greece-golden-dawn-hitler.

Ali Khamenei, March 21, 2014

“[The] Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain and if it has happened, it’s uncertain how it has happened.” Herb Keinon, “Iran’s Khamenei Questions ‘Certainty’ of Holocaust,” Jerusalem Post, March 21, 2014, http://www.jpost.com/Iranian-Threat/News/Irans-Khamenei-questions-certainty-of-Holocaust-346116.

Nikolaos Michaloliakos, 2012

“I have read a lot of books casting doubts on the number of six million Jews.” “Greek Neo-Nazi Leader Denies Existence of Gas Chambers in WWII Death Camps,” Agence France-Presse, May 15, 2012, http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/15/greek-neo-nazi-leader-denies-existence-of-gas-chambers-in-wwii-death-camps.

Márton Gyöngyösi, Jobbik MP, interview with London’s Jewish Chronicle, February 2, 2012

Questioning whether 400,000 Jews really were killed or deported from Hungary during the Second World War: “It has become a fantastic business to jiggle around with the numbers. ”Orlando Radice, “Hungary’s far-right: Jews not welcome here,” Jewish Chronicle Online, last modified November 2, 2012, http://www.thejc.com/news/world-news/62968/hungarys-far-right-jews-not-welcome-here.

Nikolaos Michaloliakos, 2012

“Auschwitz, what Auschwitz? I didn’t go there. What happened there? Have you been there?” “Greek Neo-Nazi Leader Denies Existence of Gas Chambers in WWII Death Camps,” Agence France-Presse, May 15, 2012, http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/15/greek-neo-nazi-leader-denies-existence-of-gas-chambers-in-wwii-death-camps.

Nikolaos Michaloliakos, Golden Dawn party leader, 2012

“There were no ovens, no gas chambers, it’s a lie[…] Auschwitz, what Auschwitz? I didn’t go there. What happened there? Have you been there[?][...] I have read a lot of books casting doubts on the number of six million Jews…”“Greek Neo-Nazi Leader Denies Existence of Gas Chambers in WWII Death Camps,” Agence France-Presse, May 15, 2012, http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/15/greek-neo-nazi-leader-denies-existence-of-gas-chambers-in-wwii-death-camps.

Hamas Ministry for Refugee Affairs, February 2011

“We cannot agree to a programme that is intended to poison the minds of our children… Holocaust studies in refugee camps is a contemptible plot and serves the Zionist entity with a goal of creating a reality and telling stories in order to justify acts of slaughter against the Palestinian people.”Harriet Sherwood, “Hamas Fights UN’s ‘Poisonous’ Holocaust Lessons in Gazan Schools,” Guardian [U.K.], February 28, 2011, http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/feb/28/hamas-un-holocaust-lessons-gaza.

Younis al-Astal, Hamas spiritual leader, August 2009

Adding the Holocaust to UNRWA’s curriculum in Gaza would be “marketing a lie and spreading it… I do not exaggerate when I say this issue is a war crime, because of how it serves the Zionist colonizers and deals with their hypocrisy and lies.”Diaa Hadid, “Hamas Leader Denies Holocaust, Objects To UN Plan To Teach Gaza Children About Holocaust,” Huffington Post, August 31, 2009, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/31/hamas-leader-denies-holoc_n_273078.html.

Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman, August 2009

Abu Zuhri objected to adding the “so-called Holocaust” to Gaza’s curriculum. “We think it's more important to teach Palestinians the crimes of the Israeli occupation.”Diaa Hadid, “Hamas Leader Denies Holocaust, Objects To UN Plan To Teach Gaza Children About Holocaust,” Huffington Post, August 31, 2009, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/31/hamas-leader-denies-holoc_n_273078.html.

Khaled Meshaal, Hamas political bureau chief, March 2008

“We don't deny the Holocaust, but we believe the Holocaust was exaggerated by the Zionist movement to whip people.”Tim Marshall, “Hamas Leader Talks Exclusively To Sky,” Sky News, March 31, 2008, http://news.sky.com/story/591531.