Ken Loach: Clarifying My Comments on the Holocaust

Ken Loach: Clarifying My Comments on the Holocaust

To the Editor:

Re: “Now Labour is the Enemy of the Jews,” (front page, Oct. 7-8):

Howard Jacobson alleges that I defended questioning the Holocaust. I did not and do not. In a confused BBC interview, where question and answer overlapped, my words were twisted to give a meaning contrary to that intended. The Holocaust is as real a historical event as World War II itself and not to be challenged. In Primo Levi’s words: “Those who deny Auschwitz would be ready to remake it.”


Ken Loach, a British filmmaker, in 2014. Credit Axel Schmidt/Associated Press

Exaggerated or false charges of anti-Semitism have coincided with the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader. Discredit his supporters, and you weaken his leadership. The Jewish Socialist Group wrote: “accusations of anti-Semitism are being weaponised to attack the Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party.”

We will not be intimidated. The Labour Party will continue to assert “the values of peace, universal rights and International law” as proclaimed in its manifesto.



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