On May 7, 2022, a small group of neo-Nazis stationed themselves outside the entrance to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, waving swastika flags and shouting into a megaphone. Among them was a man who goes by the name “Grandfather” on social media. The ADL Center on Extremism (COE) has identified him, with a high degree of certainty, as 74-year-old veteran David Howard Wydner, who has a significant history of antisemitic stunts.
The Holocaust – the systematic murder of six million Jews and millions of others by the Nazis and their collaborators during World War II – stands out as a preeminent example of modern-day state-sponsored mass murder. Despite the Holocaust’s distinctive status, or perhaps because of it, politicians, activists and other public figures often invoke inappropriate Holocaust comparisons to highlight the ostensible “danger” of a social or political act.