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Berlusconi Using Holocaust to Describe his ‘Suffering’

This was not the former Italian prime minister's first bizarre use of the Holocaust.
Then still Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, February 1, 2010. What was he thinking?

Then still Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, February 1, 2010. What was he thinking?
Photo Credit: Abir Sultan /Flash 90

You know a politician has lost all shame when he enlists the memory of the Holocaust to describe his legal or business troubles. But when that allusion is used by Former Italian prime minister Silvio “bunga bunga” Berlusconi, the closest thing Italy has had to the emperor Caligula since 37-41 CE, it gets special attention.

OMG, Silvio Berlusconi, who was charged with paying for sex with a minor, is complaining that his children feel persecuted just like Jewish families in Nazi Germany, their father was being hounded by Italian magistrates who want to destroy him.

The children, have pity on the children… not the ones I’ve used for nightclub entertainment—my own children…

On June 24, 2013, Berlusconi was found guilty of paying nightclub dancer Karima El Mahroug for sex when she was 17 years old, and of abusing his powers in the cover up of that sensitive event. He was sentenced to seven years in jail, and banned from public office for life.

This was not his first bizarre use of the Holocaust. Back in 2003, during a particularly raucous of the European Parliament, Berlusconi compared Martin Schulz—a German Social Democrat now serving as president of the assembly—to a Nazi concentration camp “commandant.”

Frustrated at the criticism launched at him from the Social Democrat speakers, Schulz included, Berlusconi declared: “Mr Schulz, I know that there is in Italy a producer producing a film on Nazi concentration camps. I would like to suggest you for the role of commandant. You would be perfect for that role.”

Later, he tried to backtrack by saying it was all just an ironic jest: “If people are not able to understand irony, I am very sorry, that’s too bad, but I am not withdrawing what I said with irony.”

Reuters is citing Berlusconi’s newest Holocaust comments from an advance excerpt, released on Wednesday, of an interview with him by Italian television journalist Bruno Vespa.

Vespa asks the disgraced former prime minister if his five children are asking him to sell his media empire and leave Italy to get away from his legal troubles. Berlusconi responds: “My children say that they feel like Jewish families in Germany under Hitler’s regime. Truly, everyone is against us.”

Really stunning.

At this point, the Reuters reported quips, for the record: “Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler murdered an estimated six million Jews during World War Two.”

So now we know how the Berlusconi kids must be feeling.

Some of us just live with the memory of the Holocaust every day…

Such as last January, when, at a Holocaust memorial in Rome, Berlusconi defended dictator Benito Mussolini, but without outright endorsing Il Duce’s 1938 anti-Jewish legislation.

In Berlusconi’s abridged Italian history, the government at that time, out of fear of the Germans, preferred to ally itself with Hitler. And, so, “as part of this alliance, there were impositions, including combating and exterminating Jews,” he told reporters, while actual Jewish Holocaust survivors were standing nearby. “The racial laws were the worst fault of Mussolini as a leader, who in so many other ways did well.”

Trains ran on time. At least the ones loaded with Jews.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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6 Responses to “Berlusconi Using Holocaust to Describe his ‘Suffering’”

  1. Giorgio Osti says:

    it's a shame, especially because Berlusconi's absurdities are NOT casual.

  2. Eva Feld says:

    what a phony baloney.

  3. Eva Feld says:

    what a phony baloney.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Friends,
    I can't understand how can you pay attention to this specimen called Berlusconi.
    He is a pig out of mind and he deserves no attention.
    A hard shame for Italy and the italians who voted and re-voted him so many times.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Friends,
    I can't understand how can you pay attention to this specimen called Berlusconi.
    He is a pig out of mind and he deserves no attention.
    A hard shame for Italy and the italians who voted and re-voted him so many times.

  6. Yechiel Baum says:

    Remembering that Italy was Hitler's first ally and how many times the Italians attacked the Jews in history, what can you expect? That is why the Vatican is in Italy. Bird brains of a feather stick together!

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