Canadian politician denies Holocaust

Former parliamentary candidate with Canada's Green Party produces a video claiming the Holocaust is "the biggest lie in history".

Dalit Halevi,

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Monika Schaefer, a former candidate parliamentary candidate on behalf of Canada's Green Party, is under fire for producing a video denying that the Holocaust took place.

In the video, entitled “Sorry Mom, I was wrong about the Holocaust,” Schaefer refers to the Holocaust as “the six-million lie” and claims “these things did not happen.”

The video begins with Schaefer playing her violin, but then she goes into a speech about how the Holocaust is “the biggest and most pernicious, persistent lie in all of history.”

She acknowledges the fact that there were camps, but denies they were death camps and claims they were work camps.

“The prisoners of the camps were being kept as healthy and as well fed as was possible in those terrible war years. They needed to be kept healthy. How else could they perform the work? It was war, and so the camps were basically armaments factories. And how much sense does it make, by the way, to have a hospital in a death camp?” says Schaefer in the video.

“There were no gas chambers there. The only gas that was used was to get rid of the lice! Lice carried typhus and typhus was a deadly and rampant disease. So they had to delouse the clothing to keep the people healthy,” she continues.

In response, the Green Party of Canada issued a statement in which it made clear it condemns Schaefer's comments “in the strongest possible terms.”

“Monika Schaefer’s comments denying the Holocaust are outrageous and shocking. Ms. Schaefer has no standing within the Green Party of Canada, and her views are exclusively her own,” said Emily McMillan, Executive Director of the Green Party of Canada.

“In light of Ms. Schaefer’s untrue statements made in a recent online video, we will be initiating the process to terminate her membership with the Green Party of Canada at the earliest possible opportunity,” McMillan added.