Austria Cancels World War II Event To Silence Holocaust Survivor

A much-anticipated event about Nazi Germany has been canceled, showing even revered Holocaust survivors aren't safe from hypocrisy.

Hedy Epstein

Just two days after invitations went out, the Austrian Parliament canceled a ceremony planned for March 8 in honor of the female victims of World War II.

A Holocaust survivor, Hedy Epstein, 90, who is a Jewish Pro-Palestinian activist and has compared Israel to Nazi Germany, was to be a part of the event, which was canceled due to “concerns” from the participant.

“In consideration for the concerns against some of the participants, the Austrian Parliament has canceled the event ‘In Grandmother’s Words: The Fate of Women in the Second World War,'” Marianne Lackner, spokeswoman for the president of the Austrian Parliament, said.

Epstein, who was invited as a witness of the Holocaust to talk about her experiences, has been criticized by the Anti-Defamation League for demonizing Israel.

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Epstein left her native Germany for Britain in 1939 with the aid of a program designed to help at-risk children. Her accusers still remember a 2004 lecture where she made the stark comparison between the Nazi treatments of Jews to the Israeli’s treatment of Palestine. She also participated in several efforts to  break Israel’s naval blockade in Gaza Strip held by Hamas and has advocated alongside the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, striving to place accountability on Israel.

This is a classic example of the hypocrisy under which Israeli hides. The world is witness to the fact that groups of Israelis gather for barbecue parties on hilltops each evening to watch the live bombing on Palestinians a few miles away.

Epstein is far from the only one who believes Israel’s atrocities on Palestinians are deplorable. The winner of the Berlin Film Festival, Israeli director Udi Aloni, labeled Benjamin Netanyahu’s government as “fascist” and urged Germany to stop its support of the Jewish state.

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