by Menachem Z. Rosensaft
This is really not all that complicated. Once and for all, politicians and pundits of all persuasions should get it into their heads that making analogies to the Holocaust or Nazi Germany in the context of 21st century U.S. politics is not just unseemly but borders on, if not crosses over into, the obscene.

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton reminds us that Democrats are quite capable of making Nazi analogies that are every bit as odious. Reacting to Representative Paul Ryan’s speech at the Republican National Convention, he said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle over the weekend that Republicans “lie and they don’t care if people think they lie. As long as you lie, Joseph Goebbels, the big lie, you keep repeating it, you know.” And drove home his ill-conceived point in a radio interview.

Nazi Germany’s Propaganda Minister Goebbels was personally responsible for creating the atmosphere in which millions of Jews, including my grandparents, my brother, and all my parents’ siblings, were brutally murdered in places like Auschwitz, Treblinka and Bergen-Belsen. “The Jews have deserved the catastrophe that has now overtaken them,” Goebbels commented in his diary on February 14, 1942.