Ex-Labour mayor shared Facebook post saying Holocaust receives disproportionate attention

Robin Turner sat on Derby City Council for 29 years and served as the ceremonial mayor for a year


A former Labour mayor has been accused of antisemitism after he suggested the Holocaust receives disproportionate prominence in schools.

The post showed an image of Hitler, captioned with the words “Killed six million Jews”, alongside photos of Cecil Rhodes and Leopold II of Belgium, who the graphic claimed were responsible for 60 million and 15 million deaths, respectively.

Underneath the image a caption read: “Hitler killed 6 million Jews and these other two serial killers killed 70 million Africans combined but your school education system only tells you about Anne Frank and the 6 million Zionists that were killed by Hitler.

“Black lives never mattered since the slave ship.”

On Thursday, PoliticsHome reported that Robin Turner, who served as a Labour councillor in Derby for 29 years, shared the post on December 27, after it had been originally published by another Facebook account.

Mr Turner wrote that the post “makes a pertinent point for the UK and Belgium. But not all the 6 million Jews killed were Zionists.”

Jennifer Gerber, the director of Labour Friends of Israel, told PoliticsHome: "Such disgusting comments would once have been unthinkable from a Labour party member. They are now all too common in Jeremy Corbyn's party.

“If Labour were truly committed to rooting out antisemitism, it would take immediate action in this and many other cases. Sadly we have little confidence it will.”

Mr Turner sat on Derby City Council between 1989 and 2018 and held the ceremonial title of Mayor of Derby for a year from 2002 until 2003.

The JC has approached Mr Turner for comment.

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