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Norwegian lawmaker denies Holocaust
by JTA
Mar 21, 2011 | 1791 views | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of a Norwegian lawmaker's own party have called for his resignation after he publicly denied the Holocaust.

Labor Party lawmaker Anders Mathisen reportedly told the Finnmarken newspaper that the Holocaust never happened and challenged readers to prove him wrong.

“There is no evidence the gas chambers or mass graves existed," he told the newspaper, according to reports. "Even reputable Holocaust historians have admitted it cannot be established.”

Mathisen reportedly has spent months researching World War II concentration camps and is advocating changing history books, according to the Coordination Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism. He also published his reported his "findings" on his Facebook page.

Mathisen reportedly has accused Holocaust survivors of exaggerating their stories. He also said that the public has been brainwashed into believing in the Holocaust by films such as "Schindler's List," according to the forum.

The lawmaker has refused to resign from the party.

"Holocaust survivors are aghast at the morally repugnant comments of a Norwegian member of Parliament," Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, said in a statement. "They are an insult to the memory of all victims of Nazi brutality, Jew and non-Jew."

Steinberg called for Mathisen's expulsion from political office and removal from the Labor Party.

"It was not until the 1990s that Norway began to confront its collaboration with the deportation of Jews and the plunder of their property during the Nazi occupation," the statement concluded. "The manner in which they deal with MP Mathisen is a test of whether those historical lessons were learned."
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Jens Jarva
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April 04, 2011
He is no lawmaker or MP in the national parliament; he is only a deputy member of a minority representation called 'Sametinget' (The Sami Parliament). Hence he is a rather marginal politician, and a stupid one as well.

Obvoiusly his views in this matter do not represent the Sami (the Laps), the Norwegians, or any of the established parties in Norway.

It would be good if you checked the basic facts before you spread the message of his stupid and offensive statement, because apart from revisionists there are other tasteless spinners out there.

Charter Bus DC
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March 23, 2011
Here is Similar Story

A Norwegian Labour Party Sami MP has caused outrage within his own ranks by denying that the Holocaust ever happened. Fellow politicians are calling for the resignation of Anders Mathisen, who is advocating changing history books after apparently spending months researching WWII concentration camps.

“There is no evidence the gas chambers or mass graves existed. Even reputable Holocaust historians have admitted it cannot be established,” Mathisen told the Finnmarken newspaper , while challenging readers to prove that his views are inaccurate.