Norwegian Sami Parliamentary Labour MP Anders Mathisen is at the centre of a feud with his own Party, denying the Holocaust ever happened. Fellow politicians are calling for his resignation.
Mr Mathisen alleges he has spent many months thoroughly investigating the subject and reading literature about the WWII concentration camps. He advocates changing the history books.
“There is no evidence the gas chambers or mass graves existed. Even reputable Holocaust historians have admitted it cannot be established,” he tells Finnmarken, welcoming the challenge from those who can demonstrate his views are inaccurate.
“Raul Hilberg, the world’s most renowned Holocaust scholar, spent his entire life working at telling people the Holocaust took place his entire life. However, when asked at (the Holocaust denier) Ernst Zündel’s trial in Canada in 1985 if he could prove this, he admitted this was not possible. Even those who examine the gas chambers cannot find any trace gas was used.”
Nordlys reports Mr Mathisen also accuses Holocaust survivors of “exaggerating”.
“I have read a book containing statements from those who were there, and the stories they come with are just not true.”
Anders Mathisen's Facebook blog
By kind permission of FinnmarkenThe MP from Nesseby municipality in Finnmark, writes on his Facebook wall that, “you are immediately branded as anti-Semitic these days once you start investigating if what happened ever took place. I can proudly proclaim myself as an anti-Semite, providing the meaning of the expression is equivalent to not accepting lies and nonsense.”
According to him, the Jews are responsible for committing the Russian genocides during the War.
“We don’t hear anything about these. Over 30 million were exterminated in the Soviet Gulags, but the only thing we are told in history books is about the six million [Jews] killed in German concentration camps such as Auschwitz, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Buchenwald.”
Labour’s (Ap) Party Secretary, Raymond Johansen, is horrified over the MP’s lack of respect for history.
“I am shocked and appalled by Anders Mathisen’s statements about the Holocaust. This is Nazi-inspired nonsense and extremely disrespectful to the victims of the Holocaust. This is far from our values,” he tells The Foreigner in an email.
President of the Sami Parliament, Egil Olli, believes Mr Mathisen should resign from Labour.
However, the MP refuses to go, arguing this would seem like he cannot stand for what he has said. He also says his comments have nothing to do with the Labour Party. Nordlys reports he alleges people should be accurately informed.
“Is it Nazi-inspired nonsense to be genuine? I want everyone [in Nesseby] to have a good life, where we tell the truth instead of trying to mislead people. We have been brainwashed into believing the Holocaust happened by amongst films such as ‘Schindler’s List’.”
Labour’s official line is that Mr Mathisen has not paid his Party dues since 2010, and is therefore no longer a member. According to a press release, his statements mean reinstatement will not be possible.
"I am pleased that Mr. Mathisen no longer is a member of the Labour Party,” says Mr Johansen.