Jim Nintzel of the Tucson Weekly reported on Friday that Huppenthal’s Perverted Worldview “Borders on Holocaust Denial” Based entirely on the analysis of Sam Kleiner, a third-generation Arizonan and a fellow at the Yale Law and Information Society Project, the post explains why Huppenthal’s now infamous comments attributing the Holocaust to Charles Darwin and Margaret Sanger are so deeply offensive to Jews:
In Huppenthal’s perverted worldview, Hitler was not uniquely evil. Huppenthal said, “It was Darwin, not Hitler, who named the Germans the master race” and started the push towards elimination of Jews.
Professor Robert Richards has noted, “ it can only be a tendentious and dogmatically driven assessment that would condemn Darwin for the crimes of the Nazis.” Huppenthal is grossly ignorant of the horrible history of anti-Semitism in Europe that allowed Hitler to rise to power and for ordinary Germans to join in his campaign against the Jews.
Kleiner explains further that Huppenthal’s “attempt to link Sanger and Hitler exists in the darkest corners of the right-wing internet and it is utterly offensive to Jews.” [emphasis mine]
When Kleiner says Huppenthal’s remarks “border on holocaust denial” he is saying, correctly, that Huppenthal’s theories regarding Darwin and Sanger, at a minimum, straddle the border separating rational thinkers on one side from Holocaust deniers and White Supremacists on the other.
Picking up on this and perhaps on Kleiner’s reference to the right-wing internet, a commenter suggests that “[s]ome of Huppenthal’s material might have come directly from Stormfront.” Stormfront.org, for those who don’t know, is the leading White Supremacy website.
Is the commenter’s suggestion correct? I have no idea, but the Darwin and Sanger references are all over the Stormfront website. It took me fewer than five minutes to this reference to Darwin and this reference to Sanger.
This much, however, is clear: It’s highly likely Huppenthal visited the Stormfront.org website. Why? Because Huppenthal’s obsessive commenting was fueled by raw narcissism. The common thread running through the numerous websites on which Huppenthal commented is that the sites mentioned HIM. Whether through a Google alert or some other mechanism, if Huppenthal was mentioned on the internet, he checked it out.
And the Stormfront site has at least 8 mentions of Huppenthal. You can find them here, here [comment #3], here [comment #1], here [comment #1], here [comment #16], here [comment #1], here [comment #2] and here [comment #2].
I am not suggesting that Huppenthal is a White Supremacist. We’ll likely never know the answer to that question. Whether he is or not, he’ll deny it.
But we don’t really need to answer that question.
The question we do need to answer is whether the overlap between Huppenthal’s offensive statements and those of Holocaust deniers and White Supremacists is too uncomfortable for him to remain in office. Seems like it is.