David Baddiel fears ‘Holocaust fatigue’ as interest in the Nazi genocide wanes

The comedian said he worried that over time the genocide had become 'deprioritised'


David Baddiel has warned of the danger of “Holocaust fatigue” growing as the public lose interest in remembering the Nazi genocide.

Addressing Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) ambassadors in London, the comedian said: “It needs to be constantly there and understood as part and parcel of why Jews face racism.”

Over time, however, the genocide has become “deprioritised”, he claimed.

The Jews Don’t Count author emphasised that 70 years after the Shoah, antisemitism is continuing around the world.

“Nazis were marching in Charlottesville in 2019,” he said. “Antisemitism always reappears. I don’t get the sense that it’s gone away.”

When a deadly mass shooting took place in Illinois’ heavily Jewish Highland Park suburb this month, “Nobody talked about it as an attack against Jews,” he said.

His advice to young people confronted by a lack of interest in the Holocaust, he continued, was “don’t be ashamed to discuss antisemitism in the conversation about other racism”.

Visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau with the HET was an “incredible experience”, Mr Baddiel added.

“I was kind of frightened of going… it was at once enormously depressing and wonderful to go.”

As a rabbi read Kaddish for the dead, he said, snowflakes began to fall and, despite being an atheist, it was hard for him not to think that the souls of his dead relatives were present somewhere.

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