'Holocaust education should be mandatory for congressmen'

Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg invites Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to tour Auschwitz with him.

Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA,

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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A Poland-born Holocaust survivor from New Jersey invited Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to tour Auschwitz following her remarks about concentration camps.

Edward Mosberg, 93, on Friday extended the invitation to the Democrat lawmaker who on Monday touched off a heated debate in the media about her use of the term, which is widely associated with Nazi Germany, to describe facilities where aliens found to be staying illegally in the United States are held.

“It should be a requirement of all United States Congressmen to visit Auschwitz,” wrote Mosberg, honorary president of the Holocaust commemoration group From the Depths.

It is necessary in Ocasio-Cortez’s case because of her “lack of proper education on the Holocaust,” the foundation’s founder, Jonny Daniels, also wrote in the invitation.

Mosberg, a multi-millionaire who had survived several Nazi camps, wore a kippah bearing US President Donald Trump’s portrait to a Holocaust commemoration event earlier this year.

Amid criticism by Jewish groups and others over the analogy she made — including by Yad Vashem, Israel’s state Holocaust museum — Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter doubled down on her use of the term.

Her critics, including historian Deborah Lipstadt, argued the analogy is inaccurate and therefore potentially harmful to efforts to reverse the government’s detainment policies.

Many others defended Ocasio-Cortez’s comparison, including George Takei, an actor who was interned in the United States during World War II because he is of Japanese descent.

“I was inside two of them, in America,” he tweeted. “And yes, we are operating such camps again,” Takei wrote.




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