A neo-Nazi group has reportedly taken credit for projecting the phrase “the Holocaust was a scam” onto a Swedish synagogue last week.
According to Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, the neo-Nazi group Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) has taken credit for projecting the incident onto the synagogue in Malmö at the same time that the city was holding its International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism.
At the conference last week, world leaders called for further measures to tackle antisemitism and Holocaust denial at the conference. Some of the speakers included the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, Israeli President Isaac Herzog, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the President of France, Emmanuel Macron.
According to the NRM’s own website, the phrase was also projected onto other buildings which reportedly included Södervärn’s water tower and the building belonging to the Sydsvenskan newspaper. It appears as though the website domain belonging to the NRM was also projected onto the buildings.
The NRM uploaded several photos of the vandalised buildings to its website, stating that the projection was caused by a “National Socialist laser”, and wrote: “The fictional Holocaust is the global weapon of the globalists, which they use to disgrace, oppress and truly destroy our people. The Nordic resistance movement has been fighting the globalists since our founding in 1997 and therefore it is a matter of course that we protest against the Holocaust.”
According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust)” is an example of antisemitism.
Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
In April, NRM flyers were found at a Jewish cemetery in Aalborg, Denmark that was vandalised during the Jewish festival of Passover. Last year, the NRM launched a series of focused campaigns against Jewish communities in Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland throughout the week leading up to Yom Kippur.
Image credit: NRM