Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Holocaust Meme Lands MP in Strife

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Holocaust Meme Lands MP in Strife

Article excerpt

BALLINA Greens MP has apologised after being accused of trivialising the Holocaust through sharing a meme on Facebook comparing the US to Nazi Germany.

The meme which was shared on Tamara Smith's official Green's Facebook page last week juxtaposed the US under current president Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler's regime by showing a black and white image of a group of children standing behind a barbed wire fence labelled "Germany, 1944", and a colour photo of young children climbing metal bars inside a holding cell labelled "America 2018".

The Greens MP copped massive backlash from the post, but said the image was a metaphor to current situations in the US and she did not intend to offend Holocaust victims.

NSW Labor's Walt Secord, a patron of the Labor Israel Action Committee, said the post was "sickening and repulsive", The Daily Telegraph reported.

The post also attracted angry comments from local residents, but has since been removed. …

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