(Sean Savage/JNS) The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights NGO that teaches the lessons of the Nazi
Holocaust, has denounced the “wholesale misappropriation” of the Holocaust amid on the ongoing outcry over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating children from migrant parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“To be sure, like millions of Americans on both sides of the political divide, we want our leaders to solve the humanitarian crisis at hand. No matter what the divisions are over immigration policies, it is unacceptable to separate little children from their parents. That isn’t what America stands for. Those are not our values,” Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, dean and founder, and associate dean and director of global social action of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, respectively, said in a statement.
“We urge immediate steps to ameliorate this situation, and for the administration and Congress to finally take the necessary steps to end this problem long-range,” they continued. “But we denounce the alarming wholesale misappropriation of the the Nazi Holocaust by critics of current policies.”
Last weekend, Michael Hayden, a retired four-star general and former director of the CIA and NSA, tweeted an image of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp with the caption of “other governments have separated mothers and children.”
Hayden later backtracked and issued an apology for the tweet, telling CNN that “if I overachieved [sic] by comparing it to Birkenau, I apologize to anyone who may have felt offended.”