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Willi Huber lived in new Zealand from 1953 onwards, never facing consequences for his career as an Nazi SS soldier. (shalom.kiwi)

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The controversy surrounding the apparent tolerance of Facebook for Jew-haters ramped up after a UK watchdog group uncovered that an algorithm was sending search function users to the writings of Holocaust deniers as primary sources.

As reported in the Guardian, The Institute for Strategic Dialogue searched for the word “Holocaust” and were immediately directed to links of objectionable literature from fascist pseudo-historian David Irving and other Nazi defenders.

“Denial of the Holocaust is a deliberate tool used to delegitimize the suffering of the Jewish people and perpetuate long-standing antisemitic tropes,” said Jacob Davey, ISD’s senior research manager. “Facebook’s decision to allow Holocaust denial content to remain on its platform is framed under the guise of protecting legitimate historical debate, but this misses the reason why people engage in Holocaust denial in the first place.”

Earlier this month, TheJ.ca was part of a coalition of 128 organizations who signed an open letter to Facebook’s Board of Directors, pointedly asking them to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism as the foundation of combating online antisemitism.

London

Pressure from left wing pro-Palestinian activists led London University to decline renewing an agreement with Hebrew University to operate a ‘Year Abroad’ Program because HU is located in Jerusalem, “occupied territory”.

Despite denials from SOAS that their decision was based on extremist ideology, Simon Wiesenthal Centre slammed that as a cover-up of a radical contradiction of precedent, in a letter sent to United Kingdom Secretary of State for Education, Rt. Hon. Gavin Williamson.

“Even the European Union has recognized that, from Israel’s 1948 Independence until the 1967 Six Days War, the HUJ original campus was always part of Israel, within the 1967 lines,” asserted Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations for SWC.

In a statement, London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) said it “is committed to retain the Year Abroad as part of Hebrew pathway, and decisions on this matter are taken on academic considerations.” Insisting the change was “based on considerations regarding the structure of the programme and student experience/welfare” following the expiry of the agreement with the Hebrew University, “the convenors and the department took the decision to sign a new agreement with Haifa University,” that is set to last for 5 years.

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Austria

While working as a flight attendant, Christina Kohl has been running for a right-wing populist party, Alliance for Austria, in state and municipal elections. However, her antics at a demonstration in Vienna has made her just another unemployed politician.

A video shared widely online showed Kohl chanting away, shouting “Soros must go”, and “Rothschild must go”, as well as other slogans rooted in conspiracy theories. In response, Austrian Airlines booted her off their planes and into the unemployment line.

“An employee of Austrian Airlines made public anti-Semitic statements as part of her political commitment,” a spokesperson for Austrian Airlines said. “This behavior is inexcusable, and statements of this kind are in no way compatible with our company values. We have therefore taken appropriate measures to ensure that something like this does not happen again.”

Germany

The Antisemitism Commissioner has called for all schools in Germany to be required to report incidents, saying that way “such incidents can no longer be swept under the carpet.”

Felix Klein told the Tagesspiegel he was willing to take criticism about him launched by self-styled intellectuals lobbying Chancellor Angela Merkel, because “It was clear to me that, as the Federal Government Commissioner, I could only make a difference if I caused unrest.” Addressing “left-wing liberal antisemitism”, he explained “The presentation of Israeli politics in the Middle East conflict goes beyond a permissible criticism.”

He blamed one-sided education provided to “the migrant society” as a catalyst for antisemitic attitudes. “It is sometimes devastating how information is provided about Judaism in religious books, but also in history books.”

In May 2019, as hate crime rates rocketed upwards, Klein warned “I cannot recommend to Jews that they wear the skullcap at all times everywhere in Germany.”

In his guise as a champion of the sport, Willi Huber introduced modern ski equipment to New Zealand through his the Tisdale Sports shop in Christchurch in 1958

New Zealand

The revisionist history of an SS Waffen volunteer who became a ski hero in his adopted homeland after the war has been challenged by almost 1500 petitioners, who want honours given Willi Huber at the Mount Hutt resort revoked.

A ski run and related plaque reflect the local view of Huber, who emigrated to the Island nation in 1953 under the guise of a mere German footsoldier, as a founding father of the popular Caterbury resort and pioneer of the sport in NZ. He died on August 9 at age 98.

“He made a new life and a new start here and tried to put [the war] behind him,’’ Mt Hutt Ski Area manager James McKenzie told the website Stuff.

Continued McKenzie: “We are happy to respect his legacy. The context of what he went through in the war, nobody knows for sure what people did way back then.”

However, the Austrian-born Huber was bestowed the Iron Cross for his service during the Battle of Kursk in the Soviet Union with the Waffen-SS. It was the largest tank battle in history that resulted in a disastrous defeat for Hitler’s army in the summer of 1943. Heinrich Himmler, the number 2 Nazi, created the Waffen-SS to function as the military branch of the SS paramilitary. Huber took part in Hitler Youth marches before the 17 year old volunteered for the SS in 1940. At the Nuremberg trials the Waffen-SS was branded a criminal organization responsible for “the persecution and extermination of the Jews, brutalities and killings in concentration camps, excesses in the administration of occupied territories, the administration of the slave labor program and the mistreatment and murder of prisoners of war.”

Huber downplayed his crimes in the SS to his deathbed, telling a TVNZ program in 2017 “We, as soldiers never, never had the slightest inkling — maybe the high command. It never occurred to us what happened in Germany or Poland.” The show describes Huber as a “remarkable survivor” of World War II.

In response to his act for the cameras, Dr. Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said “no way that Mr Huber could not have been aware of the massive atrocities carried out by the SS … it’s clear that Mr. Huber was an unrepentant Nazi, who doesn’t deserve any sympathy or recognition.”

The petition reminded readers that in the TV interview Huber said “I give it to Hitler, he was very clever.”  “This is not a “legacy” to be proud of and is an insult to all those murdered by the Nazis or who died fighting the Nazis”, says the petition. “How lucky Mr Huber was to be able to make a “new start”, something that was not afforded to the victims murdered by the SS.

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