Amsterdam – A far-right senator in the Netherlands been forced to retract statements, published in a Dutch newspaper, in which he claimed during the Holocaust Jews had been driven to the Nazi gas chambers “like meek little lambs.”
The Dutch newspaper De Telegraph reported Saturday that Forum for Democracy Party Senator Toine Beukering made the assertion while discussing his decision to serve in the Dutch armed forces.
“As a young child, I read a whole cabinet of books about the Holocaust. I was always interested in finding out how it was at all possible. That the Jews, such a courageous and combative people, were driven to the gas chambers just like meek little lambs,” the politician, who joined the country’s upper house of parliament Tuesday, said.
“It has always fascinated me. I never really found an answer for it. But to me it did mean one thing: Never again. That’s why I wore a uniform for 40 years and have been all over the world,” Beukering added.
The Times of Israel reported the Dutch Senator volunteered the ahistorical information while talking about an apparently unrelated subject. When asked to elaborate during the initial interview he doubled down on the theory. “There was little resistance by Jews, escapes and such, there were many reasons for this, but it’s a sad story that should never be allowed to be repeated,” Beukering said.
The Central Jewish Organization of Dutch Jews called out Beukering over his inaccuracies. “Jews did mount considerable resistance. Often in hopeless situations. ‘Meek lambs’ is a myth,” the group’s vice president Ronny Naftaniel wrote on Facebook in response to the reports.