ADL Offers To Hold Holocaust Education Session For Spicer, White House Staff

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The Anti-Defamation League on Thursday offered to hold a Holocaust education training for White House press secretary Sean Spicer and any other staffers who might want to avoid gaffes like the one that led to Spicer’s multi-day apology for saying that not even Adolf Hitler used chemical weapons.

“Your comparisons between Assad and Hitler were not only historically inaccurate but they also were inappropriate and offensive,” ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt wrote in a letter to Spicer.

Greenblatt noted Spicer’s apology — which began on Tuesday and continued through Wednesday morning — but said Spicer’s original remarks “exposed a serious gap” in his knowledge “of the Holocaust, its impact, and the lessons we can learn from it.”

He wrote that the ADL “would be happy” to conduct a Holocaust education session for Spicer, his staff “and anyone at the White House who may need to learn more about the Holocaust.”

“We know you are very busy,” Greenblatt wrote. “But we believe a few hours learning this history will help you understand where you went wrong and prevent you from making these mistakes in the future.”

Read the letter:

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