Response to Vaccine-Mandate/Holocaust Comparisons

The Jambar, the student newspaper at YSU, ran a story on its front page which included a quote linking vaccine mandates to the Holocaust. A student participating in an anti-mandate protest commented,

“I view it as this is the same way the Holocaust started. I mean, I know that’s putting it into very blunt terms, but this is exact the same way—it didn’t all happen at once—it was slowly by slowly. He [Hitler, presumably] took things away and this is exactly what they’re trying to do to us.”

Dr. Jacob Ari Labendz, director of the Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies, responded with a letter to the editor, which you may read here. He stressed that his intent was not to single out the student—who remained unnamed in his letter—but to address a fairly common trope among anti-vaccine (and lockdown) activists.

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