- A 98-year-old Holocaust survivor has written an open letter to a Pretoria lady following a collection of alleged antisemitic posts.
- Simone Kriel, 28, allegedly wrote that there’s a particular place in hell for Jews and that Hitler was “harmless” of the Holocaust.
- Kriel is being sued by the South African Jewish Board of Deputies for her feedback.
A 98-year-old Holocaust survivor has written an open letter to Simone Kriel, who’s being sued for alleged online comments that Jews are “greedy as f**k” and that Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was “innocent” of the Holocaust, throughout which round 6 million Jewish folks have been murdered.
Ella Blumenthal, who was liberated from the Bergen-Belsen focus camp on the finish of World Struggle Two in 1945, writes she was saddened by Kriel’s feedback, which – amongst different issues – allegedly said “[t]here’s a particular place in Hell for [Jewish people] and never even that’s ok for what they’re doing to this world!”
A criminal charge has been laid against Kriel for allegedly posting the antisemitic and inflammatory messages on her Instagram web page on 16 Might.
Amongst different issues, Kriel allegedly wrote that “the f***n Jews are grasping as f**ok,” that there’s a particular place in hell for them, and that Hitler was “harmless” of the Holocaust.
David Saks, affiliate director of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), informed Information24 Kriel’s rants began after she watched some antisemitic movies she had “discovered” on Fb.
The cost was laid by the SAJBD by means of its authorized representatives Ian Levitt Attorneys.
Blumenthal’s open letter was published on the SAJBD’s website.
Right here is the total letter
I used to be so saddened to listen to your feedback.
Saddened, as a result of I used to be about your age in 1945 once I was liberated from that pit of hell they referred to as Bergen Belsen.
I had misplaced every little thing that I had ever had. I had misplaced virtually everybody that I had ever cherished…
I, like hundreds of thousands of others, had fallen sufferer to the vicious propaganda machine the Nazis relied on to advance their evil agenda.
Right this moment they name propaganda “faux information” however it’s the identical factor. And it’s no much less virulent or harmful.
Simone, the hyperlink you noticed was faux information. It was a lie. I do know this as a result of I lived the reality and I’ve carried it with me, in my coronary heart, for greater than seven many years.
You see Simone, you may always remember what I noticed, what I endured and what I survived.
I’m unhappy as a result of like me, you too have been a sufferer of lies that search to breed hatred and disgust. Lies that search to divide us and make us fearful of each other.
And I’m additionally indignant. Not at you, however at those that nonetheless search to make others the victims of their very own concern.
Simone, I’m 98 years previous. And if I’ve learnt one factor, it’s that to dwell as a sufferer of concern, is to dwell in ache. I don’t want this on you anymore than I want it on myself.
I’d love to satisfy with you when circumstances allow. Perhaps I’ll inform you my story, and you’ll inform me yours. I do know we are going to be taught that way more unites us, than divides us. And possibly collectively, Simone, we are going to discover a method to shine gentle into our fractured world.
I ship you my love,
Based on the SA Jewish Report, Kriel, 28, lives in Pretoria and is comparatively well-known in health circles. She identifies as Christian. She had about 3 000 followers on Instagram, and was model ambassador for health model PSN Way of life. The corporate reportedly ended the deal after complaints from the general public about her antisemitic posts.
Kriel’s web page on Health journal’s web site has additionally been closed. Her Instagram account not exists.
The SAJBD nationwide vice-chairperson Professor Karen Milner, in whose identify the cost was laid, mentioned racist and inflammatory rhetoric of this nature was not solely prison however harmful, and wanted to be confronted as strongly as potential. This was significantly true within the present local weather, when many individuals have been feeling anxious, pissed off and confused, she mentioned.
“It’s at such instances that conspiracy theories are inclined to flourish, and all too typically Jews find yourself changing into the scapegoats,” mentioned Milner, a professor of psychology at Wits College.
Saks mentioned the feedback got here “out of the blue” and that Kriel had beforehand dated a Jewish man, and had at one level thought of changing to Judaism. However then she stumbled on some movies that turned her right into a “passionate convert to an antisemitic world view”, Saks mentioned.
Information24 couldn’t attain Kriel by phone for remark.
She informed the SA Jewish Report: “I did not go search for them [the videos], they only occurred to pop up on Fb. Out of curiosity, I had a glance.”
Kriel reportedly mentioned the movies infuriated her. “Nobody will bully me into believing that their faith is extra superior to mine… I am Christian, and I’ll defend and communicate up for what occurred previously, opposite to as we speak’s beliefs,” she reportedly wrote.