Holocaust educators have condemned controversial Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins for tweeting about the ‘final solution’ in response to the Manchester terror attack.
The LBC radio host and journalist was reported to the police, after making an “entirely inappropriate and irresponsible” remark on Twitter, invoking the Nazis’ plan to exterminate European Jewry .
After many people were murdered at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, Hopkins sent a tweet directed at ‘This Morning’ host Philip Schofield, which read: “Do not be part of the problem. We need a final solution.”
Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust said:
“Katie Hopkins’ comment on Twitter yesterday about “a final solution” – a clear invoking of Holocaust language – was hugely offensive. This really is a new low, particularly at such a fragile time.”
Following her comment Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s Chief Executive Olivia Marks-Woldman criticised her “offensive and divisive language”.
She said: “‘We are aware that a recent tweet has been reported to the police.. The use of the phrase ‘final solution’ is entirely inappropriate and irresponsible.”
“We all have a responsibility to learn lessons from the past, and create a safer, better future. This includes ensuring that we speak and behave responsibly today.”
“The words that we see and hear all around us today.. all have an impact upon us and those around us. It is important that we use our words responsibly.”
Following criticism, she deleted the post, and sent a new message, instead using the phrase: “We need a true solution”. Despite this, the police confirm that Hopkins’ had been reported and “as is routine, the allegation will be reviewed and assessed by specialist officers.”