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Candace Owens Downplays Holocaust Atrocities, Calls Infamous Nazi Doctor’s Experiments ‘Bizarre Propaganda’

Candace Owens speaks at CPAC on March 2, 2023. Photo: Lev Radin via Reuters Connect

Candace Owens, a prominent provocateur and media personality, has recently promoted a series of talking points downplaying the atrocities of the Holocaust, sparking fresh accusations of antisemitism.

Last Tuesday, Owens claimed in an episode of her podcast that the media smears Nazi Germany by depicting the regime as the “greatest evil” to ever exist on earth. She then suggested that the supposed “ethnic cleansing” of 12 million Germans as a result of World War II was a greater crime than the killing of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust. 

Lamenting that Americans have supposedly been “indoctrinated” into hating Adolph Hitler, the leader of Nazi Germany, Owens, a right-wing commentator, appeared to suggest that young children should not receive Holocaust education in schools.

“I started recognizing these Soviet tactics of introducing really heavy concepts to kids while their brains are developing, because you want to traumatize them, and you’re traumatizing them because you want them to comply. What you want them to comply with, in this case, is [that] Germany, Nazi, Hitler [are] the greatest evil that’s ever happened on earth, even though factually and statistically it is not,” Owens said.

The Allies were the bad guys? Imagine hating the Jewish people so much that you feel the need to defend Hitler. Can’t believe this video actually exists. pic.twitter.com/iiahGkahNP

— Adam Goldman (@admgoldman) July 9, 2024

Owens bemoaned that American schools do not draw attention to the 12 million Germans who were displaced at the conclusion of World War II. 

Following the Nazis’ defeat, roughly 12 million Germans either fled or were forcibly expelled from communities throughout Eastern and Central Europe. In many cases, ethnic Germans had lived in those communities for centuries. 

“What is it about Hitler? How, why is he the most evil? Well the first thing people would say is, well an ethnic cleansing almost took place. And now I offer back, ‘you mean like we actually did to the Germans?’” Owens asked.

Many historians, who generally agree that the mass displacement of Germans after World War II caused immense suffering, have argued that minimizing the atrocities of the Holocaust is a tactic that constitutes Holocaust denialism. 

Nonetheless, Owens asserted that the expulsion of German civilians and the attempted extermination of European Jewry were “the same,” pointing to the fact that some Nazi concentration camps were repurposed to hold Germans fleeing hostile European countries. 

During the same podcast episode, Owens also seemed to cast doubt on the well documented history of the infamous Nazi doctor and war criminal Josef Mengele performing gruesome medical experiments on Jewish prisoners in concentration camps.

“The Nazis experimented on innocent people,” Owens began. “Some of the stories, by the way, sound completely absurd.”

“The idea that they just cut a human up and then sewed them back together. Why would you do that? Even if you’re the most evil person in the world, that’s a tremendous waste of time and supplies,” Owens continued. “That just sounds like bizarre propaganda.”

Mengele conducted gruesome and deadly medical experiments on Jews at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during the Holocaust. He also carried out torturous experiments on twins and was nicknamed the “Angel of Death.” He fled to Brazil after World War II and eluded capture until he died in 1979 under a false name.

The Combat Antisemitism Movement lambasted Owens for her remarks.

It is an established fact that SS officer Josef Mengele performed deadly experiments on Jewish twins during the Holocaust.

Not 80 years later, @RealCandaceO tries to rewrite history by denying these depraved acts ever happened.

Utterly repugnant. pic.twitter.com/1RdLn35wLm

— Combat Antisemitism Movement (@CombatASemitism) July 10, 2024

Owen’s comments prompted a wave of backlash online.

“Candace Owens has completely lost her mind. Blinded by Jew hatred, she’s now resorted to defending Hitler statements,” Adam Milstein, a philanthropist, wrote on X/Twitter. International human rights lawyer Arsen Ostrovsky accused Owens of having “gone full-blown Neo-Nazi.”

A source “close to the situation” told the New York Post that Owens “never denied that Mengele conducted experiments.”

“This is a misleading edited clip,” the source reportedly said. “In fact, if you listen to the full episode, you will hear that Candace condemned medical experiments.”

Owens later posted a message on X/Twitter lashing out at her critics and claimed “Zionists are in overdrive to get this episode banned.” She added that the episode was “so detrimental to Zionism” because “they have polluted American minds to believe that we must defend Israel out of morality and the evils of the Holocaust.”

In the months following Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre across southern Israel, Owens has continuously flirted with antisemitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denialism.

Last month, Owens claimed that the US is being held “hostage””by Israel and suggested that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the foremost pro-Israel lobbying organization in the US, was behind the assassination of former US President John F. Kennedy.

Weeks later, during an appearance on The Jimmy Dore Show, Owens asserted that Hitler was not “the greatest mass murderer” to ever exist. She pointed out that the Bolsheviks — the far-left, Marxist faction that led the Russian revolution in the early 20th century — “casually killed 10 million Christians” under the command of Genrikh Yagoda, the director of the Soviet Union’s security and intelligence agency. Owens stated that Americans are not “allowed” to learn about Yagoda “because he’s a Jew.”

Owens and The Daily Wire, a conservative media outlet co-founded by conservative and Jewish political commentator Ben Shapiro, parted ways earlier this year amid outrage over Owen’s comments on Israel and the Jewish people.

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One Part of Cyprus Mourns, the Other Rejoices 50 Years After Split

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan leaves after attending a military parade to mark the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus in response to a short-lived Greek-inspired coup, in the Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus, in the divided city of Nicosia, Cyprus July 20, 2024. Photo: REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

Greek Cypriots mourned and Turkish Cypriots rejoiced on Saturday, the 50th anniversary of Turkey’s invasion of part of the island after a brief Greek inspired coup, with the chances of reconciliation as elusive as ever.

The ethnically split island is a persistent source of tension between Greece and Turkey, which are both partners in NATO but are at odds over numerous issues.

Their differences were laid bare on Saturday, with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attending a celebratory military parade in north Nicosia to mark the day in 1974 when Turkish forces launched an offensive that they call a “peace operation.”

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was due later on Saturday to attend an event in the south of the Nicosia to commemorate what Greeks commonly refer to as the “barbaric Turkish invasion.” Air raid sirens sounded across the area at dawn.

Mitsotakis posted an image of a blood-stained map of Cyprus on his LinkedIn page with the words “Half a century since the national tragedy of Cyprus.”

There was jubilation in the north.

“The Cyprus Peace Operation saved Turkish Cypriots from cruelty and brought them to freedom,” Erdogan told crowds who gathered to watch the parade despite stifling midday heat, criticizing the south for having a “spoiled mentality” and seeing itself as the sole ruler of Cyprus.

Peace talks are stalled at two seemingly irreconcilable concepts – Greek Cypriots want reunification as a federation. Turkish Cypriots want a two-state settlement.

Erdogan left open a window to dialogue although he said a federal solution, advocated by Greek Cypriots and backed by most in the international community, was “not possible.”

“We are ready for negotiations, to meet, and to establish long-term peace and resolution in Cyprus,” he said.

Cyprus gained independence from Britain in 1960, but a shared administration between Greek and Turkish Cypriots quickly fell apart in violence that saw Turkish Cypriots withdraw into enclaves and led to the dispatch of a U.N. peacekeeping force.

The crisis left Greek Cypriots running the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus, a member of the European Union since 2004 with the potential to derail Turkey’s own decades-long aspirations of joining the bloc.

It also complicates any attempts to unlock energy potential in the eastern Mediterranean because of overlapping claims. The region has seen major discoveries of hydrocarbons in recent years.

REMEMBERING THE DEAD

Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides, whose office represents the Greek Cypriot community in the reunification dialogue, said the anniversary was a somber occasion for reflection and for remembering the dead.

“Our mission is liberation, reunification and solving the Cyprus problem,” he said. “If we really want to send a message on this tragic anniversary … it is to do anything possible to reunite Cyprus.”

Turkey, he said, continued to be responsible for violating human rights and international law over Cyprus.

Across the south, church services were held to remember the more than 3,000 people who died in the Turkish invasion.

“It was a betrayal of Cyprus and so many kids were lost. It wasn’t just my son, it was many,” said Loukas Alexandrou, 90, as he tended the grave of his son at a military cemetery.

In Turkey, state television focused on violence against Turkish Cypriots prior to the invasion, particularly on bloodshed in 1963-64 and in 1967.

Turkey’s invasion took more than a third of the island and expelled more than 160,000 Greek Cypriots to the south.

Reunification talks collapsed in 2017 and have been at a stalemate since. Northern Cyprus is a breakaway state recognized only by Turkey, and its Turkish Cypriot leadership wants international recognition.

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Putin Jails US Reporter Gershkovich in Sham Trial

A Russian secret court found U.S. reporter Evan Gershkovich guilty of espionage on Friday and sentenced him to 16 years in a maximum security penal colony in what his employer, the Wall Street Journal, accurately called “a disgraceful sham conviction.”

Gershkovich, a 32-year-old Jewish American who denied any wrongdoing, went on trial in the city of Yekaterinburg last month after being accused of trying to gather sensitive information about a tank factory.

He was the first U.S. journalist accused of spying in Russia since the Cold War, and his arrest in March 2023 prompted many U.S. and other Western correspondents to leave Moscow.

U.S. President Joe Biden said Gershkovich did not commit any crime and has been wrongfully detained.

“We are pushing hard for Evan’s release and will continue to do so,” Biden said in a statement. “Journalism is not a crime.”

Video of Friday’s hearing released by the court showed Gershkovich, dressed in a T-shirt and black trousers, standing in a glass courtroom cage as he listened to the verdict being read in rapid-fire legalese for nearly four minutes.

Asked by the judge if he had any questions, he replied “Nyet.”

The judge, Andrei Mineyev, said the nearly 16 months Gershkovich had already served since his arrest would count towards the 16-year sentence.

Mineyev ordered the destruction of the reporter’s mobile phone and paper notebook. The defense has 15 days to appeal.

“This disgraceful, sham conviction comes after Evan has spent 478 days in prison, wrongfully detained, away from his family and friends, prevented from reporting, all for doing his job as a journalist,” the Journal said in a statement.

“We will continue to do everything possible to press for Evan’s release and to support his family. Journalism is not a crime, and we will not rest until he’s released. This must end now.”

Gershkovich’s friend, reporter Pjotr Sauer of Britain’s Guardian newspaper, posted on X: “Russia has just sentenced an innocent man to 16 years in a high security prison. I have no words to describe this farce. Let’s get Evan out of there.”

Friday’s hearing was only the third in the trial. The proceedings, apart from the sentencing, were closed to the media on the grounds of state secrecy.

Espionage cases often take months to handle and the unusual speed at which the trial was held behind closed doors has stoked speculation that a long-discussed U.S.-Russia prisoner exchange deal may be in the offing, involving Gershkovich and potentially other Americans detained in Russia.

The Kremlin, when asked by Reuters earlier on Friday about the possibility of such an exchange, declined to comment: “I’ll leave your question unanswered,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Among those Russia would like to free is Vadim Krasikov, a Russian serving a life sentence in Germany for murdering an exiled Chechen-Georgian dissident in a Berlin park in 2019.

Officers of the FSB security service arrested Gershkovich on March 29, 2023, at a steakhouse in Yekaterinburg, 900 miles (1,400 km) east of Moscow. He has since been held in Moscow’s Lefortovo prison.

Russian prosecutors had accused Gershkovich of gathering secret information on the orders of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency about a company that manufactures tanks for Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

The Uralvagonzavod factory, which he is accused of spying on, has been sanctioned by the West. Based in the city of Nizhny Tagil near Yekaterinburg, it has publicly spoken of producing T-90M battle tanks and modernizing T-72B3M tanks.

Earlier on Friday, the court unexpectedly said it would pronounce its verdict within hours after state prosecutors demanded Gershkovich be jailed for 18 years for spying. The maximum sentence for the crime he was accused of is 20 years.

Russia usually concludes legal proceedings against foreigners before making any deals on exchanging them.

‘WRONGFULLY DETAINED’

Gershkovich, his newspaper and the U.S. government all rejected the allegations against him and said he was merely doing his job as a reporter accredited by the Foreign Ministry to work in Russia.

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia is open to a prisoner exchange involving Gershkovich, and that contacts with the United States have taken place but must remain secret.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday that Washington was working every day to bring home Gershkovich, former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan and other Americans.

He declined to go into details when asked why Putin would reach a deal on Gershkovich’s release ahead of the U.S. election.

“Any effort to bring any American home is going to be part of a process of back and forth, of discussion, potentially of negotiation,” Blinken said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.

“Depending on what the other side is looking for, they’ll reach their own conclusions about whether it meets whatever their needs are, and we can bring someone home – and I don’t think that’s dependent on an election in the United States or anywhere else,” he said.

Mark Warner, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, called Gershkovich’s sentence “outrageous,” and said he thinks “it’s clear that the Russians view Evan almost as a bargaining chip at this point.”

Speaking in an interview with Reuters, Warner declined to discuss whether efforts are underway to arrange an exchange for Gershkovich’s release, but said “all options have to stay on the table” with regards to how the Biden administration responds.

Friends who have exchanged letters with Gershkovich say he has remained resilient and cheerful throughout his imprisonment, occupying himself by reading classics of Russian literature.

At court appearances over the past 16 months – most recently with his head shaven – he has frequently smiled and nodded at reporters he used to work with before he himself became the story.

Since Russian troops entered Ukraine in 2022, Moscow and Washington have conducted just one high profile prisoner swap: Russia released basketball star Brittney Griner, held for smuggling cannabis, in return for arms dealer Viktor Bout, jailed for terrorism-related offenses in the United States.

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VP Harris Hits Fundraising Trail Amid Ongoing Calls for Biden to Quit Race

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will headline a fundraiser in Massachusetts on Saturday as President Joe Biden faces continued pressure from fellow Democrats and big money donors to end his floundering campaign.

Biden and top aides on Friday vowed to continue with the campaign, even as major donors signaled they were unwilling to open their checkbooks unless the 81-year-old president stepped aside.

The crisis-in-confidence in Biden’s ability to win has placed a huge spotlight on Harris, widely believed to be the most likely replacement if he steps down.

Her fundraising events, including the one on Saturday in Provincetown, Massachusetts are getting added interest from donors who want to signal they are willing to coalesce around her potential bid for the White House, according to three Democratic fundraisers.

More than one in 10 congressional Democrats have now publicly called on Biden, who is isolating at his Delaware home with a case of COVID-19, to drop out following a disastrous debate last month against Republican former President Donald Trump that raised questions about the incumbent’s ability to win the Nov. 5 election or carry out his duties for another four years.

Biden’s campaign hoped to raise some $50 million in big-dollar donations in July for the Biden Victory Fund but was on track for less than half that figure as of Friday, according to two sources familiar with the fundraising efforts.

The campaign called reports of a July fundraising slump overstated, noting that it anticipated a drop-off in large donations due to vacations. It said the campaign still has 10 fundraisers on the schedule this month.

Harris assured major Democratic donors on Friday that the party would prevail in the presidential election as more lawmakers called for her running mate, Biden, to stand down.

“We are going to win this election,” she said on a call arranged on short notice to calm donors, according to a person on the call. “We know which candidate in this election puts the American people first: Our president, Joe Biden.”

Harris attended the call “at the direct request of senior advisers to the president,” one of the people said, an account confirmed by another person familiar with the matter.

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