A solicitor in Oldham has denied saying it was “sad” that people could not question the Shoah on Holocaust Memorial Day in January.
Paul Johnson of Johnson’s Solicitors told Jewish News that his comments on 27 January had been “misinterpreted” after he posted in response to an article showing how one in 20 Britons did not believe the Holocaust took place.
He tweeted: “This is sad, but not surprising, when people feel they can’t question the Holocaust openly without fear of being accused of Holocaust Denial and Antisemitism. Lies and conspiracy theories thrive on censorship.”
In response, Adam Wagner, a Jewish human rights lawyer asked: “what you meant by this? What kind of questioning of the Holocaust are you hoping that people would be able to do?”
Jewish News was alerted to the tweet by a reader, who preferred to remain anonymous, and Johnson said he was “very sorry” for any upset, adding: “I had no intention to offend anyone.”
In response to questions from Jewish News, he added: “I was saying it is sad that one in 20 Britons do not believe the Holocaust took place. I think that is very sad, as I firmly believe that it did take place.
“I was not saying it is sad that people can’t question the Holocaust. That is an accusation by you based on your misinterpretation of my words.”