Sat | Dec 16, 2017

Imprisonment for denying all holocausts

Published:Friday | December 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Ursula Haverbeck, an 89-year-old woman, lost her appeal in a German court this week against her 14-month prison sentence. She was found guilty of denying the Jewish Holocaust.

Germany and several other European nations do not tolerate the making of any public statement that the Holocaust did not occur or was justified. They make it a crime punishable by imprisonment even if you are 90 years old!

The Jewish Holocaust lasted six years. The people of Jamaica experienced the most dehumanising experiences in recorded history for three centuries.

In the past three years, we have had leaders of the nation which legitimized, encouraged and benefited from the slave trade visiting our island. The jury is out on whether their statements that that we should "move on" from the memory of that horrific experience and we should not "peer into the past" amounts to a denial of the worst holocaust in recorded history.

Bert Samuels

Attorney-at-law

bert.samuels@gmail.com