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Letter to the National Review, Re: Bernie Sanders

July 27, 2015

Letters to the Editor
The National Review

To the Editor:

Re “Bernie’s Strange Brew of Nationalism and Socialism,” by Kevin Williams (July 6):

We strongly object to the characterization of U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders as leading “a national-socialist movement.”  This is a misreading of both the Senator’s politics and certainly of history.

National Socialism was the warped, racist ideology of the German Nazi Party and the Third Reich. It is outrageous and, indeed, a trivialization of history to draw the false comparison between Sen. Sanders’ firmly held beliefs with those of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, whose racist beliefs led to the gas chambers and the murder of six million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust.

Furthermore, the writer’s cynical invocation of Senator Sander’s own family history as the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland whose family was lost in the Holocaust, even as Mr. Williams says it makes him “queasy and uncomfortable” to say it – only makes matters worse and adds to the offensiveness of the comparison.

We hope that Mr. Williams will reconsider those words and refrain in the future from using such comparisons to the Nazis in the future.  Such inappropriate Holocaust analogies have no place in partisan political discourse and only serve to cheapen the public discourse over legitimate issues.


Jonathan A. Greenblatt
National Director
Anti-Defamation League

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