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U.S. Senate Candidate Condemned for Nazi Smoking Comment

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Huffington Post – The Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization, condemned West Virginia GOP Senate candidate John Raese on Thursday for his equation of a smoking ban to Hitler’s policy of forcing Jews to wear the Star of David.

“This inappropriate comparison betrays an ignorance of what really happened in Nazi Germany, and demonstrates a callousness to the millions of Jews murdered by Hitler’s Third Reich,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the center, and Mark Weitzman, Director of Government Affairs. “It compares signs that are meant to protect people’s health with the yellow stars designed to dehumanize and degrade millions of Jews by a racist, genocidal regime,” they added. The group is named after the late Holocaust survivor who after World War II tracked down Nazi fugitives.

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