Whoopi Goldberg faces backlash after repeating false Holocaust comments

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Whoopi Goldberg is facing a new round of backlash after her latest historically inaccurate Holocaust statement, which she claimed was “not originally” about race in an interview with British newspaper The Sunday Times.

The controversy marks the second time this year that Goldberg, 67, has come under fire for what Jewish leaders and Holocaust experts say are inaccurate and offensive remarks about the Nazi-sponsored mass murder of six million European Jews between 1933 and 1945.

Goldberg made the latest remarks in an interview published on Saturday, after the reporter said that “the Nazis viewed the Jews as a race,” referring to Goldberg’s earlier comments in January, in which she asserted that the Holocaust “was not about race”.

“Yes, but that’s the killer, isn’t it?” Goldberg told The Sunday Times reporter. “The oppressor is saying what you are. Why are you believing them? They are Nazis. Why believe what they are saying?”

“It was not originally [about race],” continued Goldberg. “Remember who they were killing first. They weren’t killing racials; they were physically killing. They were killing people they considered to be mentally handicapped. And so they made that decision.”

When the reporter told Goldberg that “the Nazis measured the heads and noses of the Jews to ‘prove’ they were a distinct race,” Goldberg replied, “They did that to black people too. But that doesn’t change the fact that you can’t tell a Jew on the street You could find me You couldn’t find them That was the point I was making But you would have thought I had made a big, stinking dump on the table, naked.

The reaction and correction of the comments – which come amid rising anti-Semitism in the US – were swift.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum on Monday tweeted a passage from a letter that Adolf Hitler wrote in 1919 – fourteen years before he was named chancellor of Germany and opened the first concentration camp – stating: “Jews are definitely a race” and calling the Jewish people an “alien race, incapable and without willingness to sacrifice its race distinctiveness”.

“This text is one of the first major statements made by Hitler regarding the Jewish question,” read the Auschwitz Memorial tweet that accompanied the excerpt.

Although the Auschwitz Memorial tweet did not mention Goldberg by name, several other Jewish leaders used the tweet to draw attention to the inaccuracy of Goldberg’s comments.

David Harris, former president of the American Jewish Committee, an advocacy organization, retweeted Hitler’s passage and addressed Goldberg, writing: “Stop claiming the Holocaust wasn’t about race. It was all about race.”

Holocaust survivor Lucy Lipiner condemned Goldberg’s comments. in a tweetwriting that she “continues to use the Holocaust as her punching bag”.

“We told her her comments hurt us and she just doesn’t care,” Lipiner wrote, referring to Goldberg’s comments on “The View” in January.

Those earlier comments led to ABC News suspending Goldberg for two weeks, with chairman Kim Godwin calling the comments “wrong and hurtful”. Goldberg apologized for those comments within hours.

Goldberg’s representative and spokesman for “The View” did not immediately return requests for comment on Monday afternoon.

Representative Ritchie Torres, Democrat of New York, wrote in a tweet linking to a news story about Goldberg’s most recent comments: “Anti-Semitism is anti-Jewish racism. Period. Claiming that the Holocaust had nothing to do with racism is the worst historical revisionism.”

Goldberg gave The Sunday Times the interview following her appearance in “Till” – the recent film about the brutal kidnapping and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till by two white men – in which she plays Emmett’s grandmother, Alma Carthan. Goldberg was also a producer on the film.