Holocaust survivor Ed Mosberg accused Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of “spreading anti-Semitism, hatred and stupidity” in an interview with The New York Post.
Mosberg, 93, was responding to Ocasio-Cortez’s insistence on calling detention facilities housing illegal immigrants “concentration camps” in the interview published Saturday.
“She should be removed from Congress. She’s spreading anti-Semitism, hatred and stupidity,” Mosberg said. “The people on the border aren’t forced to be there — they go there on their own will. If someone doesn’t know the difference, either they’re playing stupid or they just don’t care.”
The freshman congresswoman posted a live Instagram video on June 18, telling her followers, “The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are — they are concentration camps. ‘Never Again’ means something … we need to do something about it.”
Ocasio-Cortez falsely claims Trump is operating concentration camps, compares the situation to the Holocaust: “The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. … ‘Never Again’ means something … we need to do something about it” pic.twitter.com/F2MmZ8y2dT
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 18, 2019
Mosberg, who survived the Plaszów concentration camp in Poland and Mauthausen concentration camp in northern Austria, lost his entire family during the Holocaust.
“Her statement is evil,” he told the Post. “It hurts a lot of people. At the concentration camp, we were not free. We were forced there by the Germans who executed and murdered people — there’s no way you can compare.”
After hearing of the congresswoman’s comments, Mosberg, who lives in New Jersey, sent her an invitation to visit an Auschwitz and tour “German Nazi concentration camps” through the Holocaust education group of which he is president called From the Depths. Mosberg’s mother, grandparents and cousin died at Auschwitz.
“They give my wife’s mother [benzine] injections to the heart and put her on the fire,” he told the Post.
When Iowa Rep. Steve King encouraged her on Twitter to accept Mosberg’s invitation, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response to King, “The last time you went on this trip it was reported that you also met [with] fringe Austrian neo-Nazi groups to talk shop. So I’m going to have to decline your invite. But thank you for revealing to all how transparently the far-right manipulates these moments for political gain.”
Mosberg was disappointed by the rejection, saying she could have been “taught a lesson.”
“If you’re not there, you will never know what happened,” he said. “She doesn’t want to learn — she’s looking for excuses. I would like to nominate her for the Nobel Prize in stupidity.”
Mosberg said he saw people being hung, beaten to death and attacked by dogs at the concentration camps he was forced to live in during World War II. Guards tried to kill him.
Once the war ended, he spent “months” in an Italian hospital before immigrating to the United States in 1951 and settling in Harlem with his wife, who also survived the Holocaust.
A representative for Ocasio-Cortez told the Post that the congresswoman has “made a distinction between a death camp and concentration camp. She’s been pretty outspoken about the issue.”
Ocasio-Cortez has doubled down on the accuracy of her claim comparing U.S. detention facilities to concentration camps. She told CNN host Jake Tapper on Thursday that the Jewish community in her district has “rallied around this issue” of living conditions at the centers.
CNN’s Jake Tapper asks Ocasio-Cortez about her false claim that the Trump administration is using “concentration camps” on the southern border
Ocasio-Cortez claims her Jewish community has rallied by her false claim that Trump is using “concentration camps” pic.twitter.com/NEy53TNsQX
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 27, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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