World renowned political science professor says he has 'no sympathy' for staff at
In Nazi Germany, there was an anti-Semitic weekly newspaper called Der Stürmer.
Run by Julius Streicher, it was notorious for being one of the most virulent advocates of the persecution of Jews during the 1930s.
What everybody remembers about Der Stürmer
was its morbid caricatures of Jews, the people who were facing widespread discrimination and persecution during the era.
Its depictions endorsed all of the common stereotypes about Jews - a hook nose, lustful, greedy.
"Let's say, ... amidst all of this death and destruction, two young Jews barged into the headquarters of the editorial offices of Der Stürmer
, and they killed the staff for having humiliated them, degraded them, demeaned them, insulted them," queried Norman Finkelstein, a professor of political science and author of numerous books including "The Holocaust Industry" and "Method and Madness."
"How would I react to that?," said Finkelstein, who is the son of Holocaust survivors.
Finkelstein was drawing an analogy between a hypothetical attack on the German newspaper and the deadly Jan. 7 attack at the Paris headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
, that left 12 people dead, including its editor and prominent cartoonists. The weekly is known for printing controversial material, including derogatory cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad in 2006 and 2012.
The attack sparked a global massive outcry, with millions in France and across the world taking to the streets to support freedom of the press behind the rallying cry of "Je suis Charlie," or "I am Charlie."