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I never thought I would say this...but this is a stupid 🔥🔥🔥hot take🔥🔥🔥 from the @holocaustmuseum. I hope it's the press person's words b/c I know folks at USHMM who would probably not agree. My guess is that, as a U.S. government institution they had to distance themselves.
There is a whole field called Comparative Genocide in which analogies and comparisons are made between all genocides, including the Holocaust. There is nothing sacrosanct about the Holocaust that prevents thoughtful, nuanced comparison.
I'm genuinely curious how the museum squares this with Never Again in conjunction with its great work on modern genocides and prevention.

The Museum publishes the flagship journal on the topic, called "The Journal of Holocaust AND Genocide Studies."

The Auschwitz Museum even stood up for the comparison.

Also, I wish the museum would have stood up for its employee whose comments were LITERALLY fabricated (i.e. never written).
And LOTS of Holocaust Scholars have supported the comparison, myself included.
cc: @andreapitzer esquire.com/news-politics/…
Even the creator of Godwin's Law agrees.

Ben Ferencz, prosecutor at Nuremberg, called them a crime against humanity.
But yet...the world's premier museum on the Holocaust "UNEQUIVOCALLY rejects efforts to create analogies between the Holocaust and other events, whether historical or contemporary." That is incredibly black and white and seems at odds with its mission and our scholarship.
And I have no doubt they are under political pressure. But they made controversial (and correct) statements before.

Moreover, one of the fantastic programs I am fortunate enough to participate in at the Museum involves educating future military officers by...using the Holocaust as a vehicle to teach professional military ethics (i.e. analogy.)

It makes me sick to have to disagree with them like this. I love this organization so much.
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