French fascist leader Jeanne Marie Le Pen blamed the Jews for
their "tyrannical attitude toward nationalist parties in
"The Jews are waging the battle against Haider in the
international media," Le Pen said at a party meeting. "They
have transformed the Holocaust into ammunition in service of
their goals, and forbid any nationwide activity for the
revival of the nation. They prevent formulation of new
policies. Every day they track down Nazis. . . . We will not
consent to the restrictions they impose upon our freedom and
rights merely because we are non-Jews."
Similar claims can be heard in Austrian rightist circles.
Approximately a thousand of Le Pen's supporters met in a show
of solidarity with their leader after he was ousted from the
European Parliament due to his antisemitism and for his
having struck a Socialist delegate.
Le Pen denounced a plan to establish an obligatory Holocaust
study program in French schools, claiming, "The cult of human
rights has been transformed into religious totalitarianism."
On that same day, the French Interior Minister refused to
recognize France's responsibility for the transport of Jews
to concentration camps during the war.
European intellectuals claim that there is too much talk
about the Holocaust. They blame the Jews for using the
Holocaust for their internal and political needs. "The urge
to immortalize the crimes and its victims has become a
constant background refrain which doesn't let us sleep," Neil
Asherson wrote in the British Observer. He complains,
"The traditional tendency to forgive, forget and to reconcile
with the passage of time -- which constitutes a sort of
pardon -- has disappeared." Others speak about the "Holocaust
The modern extreme right of Haider's ilk feel coerced to
moderate and to disguise their true attitudes due to the Nazi
crimes against the Jews. They themselves are forced to
recognize official declarations, attributing them to the
impact of the Jews who -- according to their antisemitic
world view -- control the world.
Haider is trying to purge himself of his antisemitic image by
searching for a "kashrus certificate" among the Jews. Without
them, in his opinion, he has very little chance of ever being
elected chancellor. In an interview with Liberacion,
Ariel Muzicant, chairman of the Austrian Jewish community
said that Haider is creating an antisemitic atmosphere.
"Anyone with peyos or a yarmulke or
tzitzis is insulted and sometimes beaten on the
American researcher Peter Novick who published a book in
French under the name, Too Much Holocaust, claims,
"The issue of the world's attitude during the Holocaust has
been artificially nurtured by Jewish initiative." He says
that during the Cold War, America didn't let the Jews raise
the issue of Nazi crimes. "The liberation from the camps was
documented by photographs, but no mention was made that the
victims were Jews. Following the Eichmann trial, the
Holocaust has become a central issue in the West. The Jews
took advantage of American protests and guilt feelings over
the Vietnam war and the slave era, bringing the issue of the
destruction of the Jews and the silence of the world to the
Novick cites proofs for what he calls, "the tremendous
investment by Jewish organizations to promote awareness of
the Holocaust and to arouse guilt pangs," claiming, "They
used the Holocaust to gain support for Israel, to prevent
assimilation and to arouse Jews to battle antisemitism."