Israel’s Holocaust memorial slams Whoopi Goldberg

Israel's Holocaust memorial slams Whoopi Goldberg

The chairman of Israel’s national Holocaust museum invited Whoopi Goldberg to visit, saying the now-suspended co-host of ABC’s “The View” has a “fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism.”

Goldberg landed in hot water this week after saying that the genocide of European Jews by the Nazis “isn’t about race.” Dani Dayan, the chairman of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, said it was unfortunate that Goldberg’s comments came just days after the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“While her apology and clarification are important, I extend a personal invitation to Ms. Goldberg and other influencers to learn more about the causes, events and aftermath of the Holocaust here at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem,” Dayan said.

The Post has reached out to Goldberg’s representatives seeking comment.

Yad Vashem is the Israeli Holocaust memorial to the six million European Jews who were exterminated by the Nazis.
Yad Vashem is the Israeli Holocaust memorial to the 6 million European Jews exterminated by the Nazis.
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During Monday’s broadcast, Goldberg, 66, first argued that the Holocaust went beyond race during a discussion about a Tennessee school district’s decision to ban “Maus,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about a Holocaust survivor.

“The Holocaust isn’t about race. No, it’s not about race,” she said repeatedly. “It’s about man’s inhumanity to man.” 

She then repeated the statement on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” that evening.

The host walked back the remarks on Twitter later that night amid widespread outrage.

“As Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League shared, ‘The Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people — who they deemed to be an inferior race.’ I stand corrected,” she wrote.

Despite the apology, ABC News president Kim Godwin handed down a two-week suspension.

“While Whoopi has apologized, I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments,” Godwin tweeted.

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