Unite Against Fascism
Statement re Holocaust Denial Leaflets in Cambridge
Cambridge Unite Against Fascism is appalled by the appearance of Holocaust
Denial leaflets in a car park at Cambridge University. These leaflets
seek to deny the accuracy of the film 'Denial', a film which debunks
the claims of discredited historian and Holocaust denier David Irving.
By seeking to belittle the horrific experience of millions in the Holocaust,
these people seek to sanitise and make respectable the crimes committed
in Nazi Germany.
Those who deny the Holocaust today do so because they wish to repeat
History shows us that fascism stands for the annihilation of entire
communities and the complete and violent destruction of freedom of speech,
democracy, human rights and all opposition.
Universities are not safe spaces The infamous images of fascist students
burning books shortly after Hitlers ascent to power should serve
to remind us, both that our campuses are not immune from fascist ideas,
and that fascism is itself the complete antithesis of reason, logic
and rational debate. After all, ex BNP leader Nick Griffin studied at
threatens the safety of Black, Jewish, Muslim, lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender people of Cambridge including students and academics.
Wherever fascists are active or have a presence, racist attacks and
other hate crimes increase.
is why Unite Against Fascism believes that Nazis should not be given
a platform in public places, including universities.
fact that these badly written and poorly produced national leaflets
were distributed furtively and left on car windscreens, shows that Nazi
ideas are still seen as unacceptable, beyond the pail of political discussion.
This is due to the continued vigilance of anti Fascist campaigners such
as UAF, a vigilance which must continue.
In the current climate, with the success of far right and Nazi parties
in Europe and Trump's right wing agenda, we have to continue to unmask
and confront Fascism wherever it appears. This is why UAF is supporting
the National Demonstration called by Stand Up to Racism on United Nations
Anti Racism Day, March 18th, against anti Semitism, Islamophobia and
all forms of racism. We urge all those appalled by these leaflets to
attend, so we can make the strongest possible statement that the crimes
of the Holocaust must never be forgotten, downplayed or repeated.
This is what we mean when we say 'Never Again!'
* Leafleting against Holocaust Denial and Anti Semitism organised by
UCU Union, Tuesday 21st February, 2pm, Law Faculty, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge
* National Demonstration on United Nations Anti Racism day, March 18th,
against anti Semitism, Islamophobia and all forms of racism, called
by Stand Up to Racism and backed by Unite Against Fascism and the TUC.
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